On September 19th, with a capacity crowd the “Unite and Prevail” Gala Banquet dinner was hosted by the Al Mahdi Islamic Community Centre. The night was filled with excitement and enthusiasm as everyone witnessed the Al Mahdi community inch closer to their goal of commencing the building construction of a new multi-purpose Islamic Community Centre to serve the east end of the GTA.
Held at the Jaffari Community Centre, the night was a true display of the passion, support and community spirit that exists within the community for this noble project. With a beautiful Quranic recitation, an inspiring video message by Hujjutal Islam Moulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi and a moving Nasheed by the children of the Darul Quran program, the night began on a high note. ISIJ President Br.Shabbir Jeraj welcomed and greeted the guests and urged one and all to unite and support this noble project.
Hujjutal Islam Moulana Syed Zaki Baqri invigorated the audience with insight and guidance on local and global issues and how we must unite to defend our future generations, and one such strategy is with building community centres to serve the growing and evolving demands and needs of all ages.
Br. Sibthain Akbar highlighted the project success and formally introduced the award winning architect, Mr. Zak Ghanim to all in attendance. Our keynote speaker for the evening, Honourable Nazir Ahmed, enlightened the audience speaking on the importance of establishing community centres. His energising speech and his comical stories of life experiences provided a relevant approach to encouraging community success and a serious platform for the believers to elevate their spirituality and most importantly contribute towards this noble project.
The night wrapped up with closing remarks by the Al Mahdi Centre President Br.Ejaz Haider who acknowledged and recognised various organisations and individuals for their ongoing support, in particular Honorable Nazir Ahmed for his sacrifice coming from the U.K. with a momento, of a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey jersey which was than kindly auctioned by Honorable Nazir and raised $7,500 dollars.
With the generosity of the crowd, and our reliance on the AlMighty, we were able to raise over a half million dollars, MashAllah. We are thankful to Allah(swt) for continuing to bless the project with His Grace and Compassion. We are constantly praying to Him that we stay on this path of sincerity and devotion to serving His Cause.
We look forward to putting shovel in the ground in 2016, InshaAllah with His blessings and your continued support.
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