Jami Mosque, Toronto

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Jami Mosque
Basic information
Location 56 Boustead Ave.
Municipality Toronto
Province Ontario,  Canada
Year consecrated 1968[1]
Leadership Amjed Syed[1]
Website JamiMosque.com
Architectural type Converted Presbyterian church

Located just east of High Park in Toronto, Jami Mosque (مسجد جامع) is the oldest Canadian Islamic centre in the city and dubbed "the mother of all the mosques in Toronto".[2][3]

Built in 1910 as a Presbyterian church,[2] the building was purchased in 1969 by Toronto's small, predominantly Balkan,[2] Muslim community and converted into the city's first worship centre.[3]

In November 1977, Ahmed Khadr and Maha el-Samnah were married at the mosque.[4]

While Jami originally held a large number of Tablighi Jamaat followers, the numbers declined after a large influx of Gujarati Muslims immigration led to the leasing of a hall in eastern Toronto; and the eventual 1981 purchase of a building converted to Madina Mosque, which became the spiritual hub of Tablighi Jamaat. Jami then drifted towards finding leadership in the Muslim Students Association.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kernaghan, Tom G. OAK, Jami Mosque served changing community
  2. ^ a b c Doors Open Toronto, "Jami Mosque", 2009
  3. ^ a b Jami Mosque: About us
  4. ^ Shephard, Michelle. Guantanamo's Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. ISBN 0-470-84117-6.
  5. ^ Masud, Muhammad Khalid. "Travellers in faith: studies of the Tablīghī Jamāʻat", p. 227

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Coordinates: 43°39′12″N 79°27′16″W / 43.6532°N 79.45448°W / 43.6532; -79.45448