As-salamu-Alaykum! (Peace Be Upon You)
York Region Muslims was founded in the fall of 2015 as a community based non profit organization, through the need to unite to build a strong cohesive “Ummah” (Muslim community) here in York Region to represent the ideals of Islam and the vast majority of Muslims residing in our beautiful diverse region. Our mission is to create opportunities for the Muslims of York Region to get to know each other as well as our non Muslim neighbours, to foster friendships, to bridge cultural and religious divides, and to offer a helping hand to those in need. We offer support and advocacy for our Muslim students and families, serving to represent them in meetings with school administrations and school boards personnel in the region, to create opportunities for social connections and to empower our collective communities with tools to navigate our various backgrounds and experiences in an effort to know and appreciate each other.
We are connected to and collaborate with the central masjids (mosques) in York Region and can, at anytime, be a link to these masjids if needed.
Visit us frequently to keep up to date on any upcoming events, including but not limited to youth nights, ladies nights and community give-back opportunities.
We make Dua (prayers) Allah SWT (Allah the Exalted) guides these efforts of the YRM and grants us success in uniting our community and establishing strong, vibrant and lasting relationships with our neighbours. Ameen
“O mankind! We created you from male and female and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other. Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is fully informed.”
(Quran: Sura Hujurat, verse 13)
This above verse from Chapter 49 of the Quran affirms the diversity among human beings through nations and tribes. The Quran recognizes and respects the facets of identity determined by these divisions forming smaller and larger collectives of humankind. While the Quran conveys respect for everyone, it does not confer nobility or higher worth upon any group or ethnicity. Instead the single evaluative standard for the Quran remains moral consciousness of God (taqwa). The Quran describes that God could have kept us all alike but He chose to give us diversity in religion, language, culture, colour, and race to test our capacity for right conduct and for harmony and peace. Source: Islam and Diversity by Asif Zaidi