15,000 attendees weekly | 9000 sq ft space | Rent: $47,288/month
A vibrant faith center at the heart of a bustling metropolis.
With an impeccable financial management record,
the center has never needed any help.
But with COVID-19 forcing people to stay home,
the center is now facing a major financial hurdle.
Why it matters
Imagine yourself in the middle of downtown.
Looking for a space to pray and reflect, you walk down to the only mosque you know on Yonge Street.
A mosque considered home away from home for thousands of Muslims living and working in the downtown core.
As you get there, you notice there is no sign board anymore.
You wonder if they are renovating and have just taken the board down for a short while?
You reach for the door and try to pull it open, but it is shut. You can’t seem to open the door.
You pull again. You try to peek through the glass door and can’t see anything because...it’s dark inside. Confused and unsure of what’s going on, you now stop to look up and around only to realize the heartbreaking possibility...
The mosque is NO MORE.
G O N E . . . And as you look to check the time on your watch, you realize you probably won’t manage to get to the nearest possible mosque before the prayer time is up.This is that heartbreaking, unfortunate, dreadful moment we need YOU to help us avoid.And without the generous donations from individuals like yourself, we are heading down that path of the inevitable.
The painful decision of having to shut down a major mosque in the heart of the city’s downtown core.
Serving the downtown core of the largest metropolis in Canada, our centre is the only mosque on Yonge Street. The longest street in the world.
The Toronto Islamic Centre (TIC) is one of only two major mosques serving Toronto’s downtown core.
Providing a place to pray and community services to thousands on a daily basis.
A safe space for those who otherwise would not have a place to pray, to reflect, to detach for a short while, and recharge their spirituality.
So how did we get here you wonder?
You see, in 2010 a group of visionaries took notice of the growing pains of many Muslim commuters who didn’t have a prayer space. This gave rise to the idea of facilitating a mosque to meet the needs of this large number of Muslim commuters + provide support to the downtown Muslim community at large.
They realized that the need was not limited to a prayer space, but rather a community centre as well.
A community faith center that can
Renting out a 2,000 sq foot unit, this marked the beginning of the Toronto Islamic Centre (TIC). And since then, the centre has been a pillar of solace and guidance to thousands of individuals.
Whether it’s the commuters that need a space to pray throughout the work day, or the person who lives in the city’s core.
Or that non-Muslim brother or sister who require emotional or spiritual counselling. Our centre has been there for them for the past ten years.
The number of people that commute to the downtown core for work is huge. They need a space they can access for their regular daily prayers during their work hours.
And currently, there are two mosques that cater to their specific needs. We are one of them.
The current pandemic has hit us hard, and we’ve run into some obstacles.
And we need you to be a part of our community more than ever before.
Your donation can keep the mosque running, and back on its feet.
It can be a big difference for the thousands of people who find solace in the center. Your donation will not only fill an urgent need. It would mean you’d be rewarded for every single person who is able to pray in this mosque because of the generous donations of people like you!
Over the last 10 years, we have handed out 100,000 flyers, pamphlets and books on Islam.
We have also been handing out 15,000 translations of the Quran every year.
We distribute materials in 27 different languages.
TIC has continuously met the needs of the city’s downtown core by:
On any day, if you walk into our space, you’ll find any of the following regularly scheduled programs running:
Apart from that, we also offer:
Over the past decade, we’ve had over 216 individuals choose Islam as their way of life.
Our center has not only shared the beautiful message of Islam with these brothers and sisters, but we have continuously maintained a support network for them as well.
You can help us continue to be a beacon of light,support and faith on Yonge Street. Please help sustain us to continue our work.
Since Covid-19, we have been unable to meet our payment schedules.
What used to be a simple rent payment has now accumulated due to a lack of sufficient activity in around the area we serve.
This is why we have decided to instead make a down payment towards purchasing the property. This will slash our monthly payment commitments by 27%. Which will help us sustain ourselves. Continuing our mission of providing the community with a place of solace, prayer and reflection.
We require $3,000,000 to proceed with the down payment on securing the property.