As part of the Canada 150 celebrations I am submitting my new work which depicts the many contributions Muslim Canadians have made to communities across Canada and specifically in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The GTA hosts the largest number of mosques in Canada. The five buildings painted represent the oldest and most vibrant mosques in central, eastern and western GTA. Canadian mosques are not only centers of worship but also contribute to the community (Muslims and non-Muslims alike) through various educational programs, food banks, athletics, marriage, family counselling, funeral and burial services. In some cases, Mosques in Canada have preserved the majesty of traditional architecture, while in others they re-purpose commercial designs.

Jami Mosque is the oldest Islamic centre in Toronto and is dubbed “the mother of all mosques in Toronto”. Built in 1910 as a Presbyterian church, the building was purchased in 1969 and converted.

Masjid Toronto was formerly a Royal Bank of Canada building which was bought in 2002. This modern mosque (which does not have a minaret or dome) is located near Yonge-Dundas Square.

Madinah Masjid is located near the Danforth area in Toronto. Bought in 1983 (which previously housed a Church of Scientology) the building was redesigned in 2006 with an ornate minaret and green dome imitating the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah.

Islamic Centre of Canada (founded 1996 and repurposed from a warehouse) in Mississauga houses a mosque, headquarters of Islamic Society of North America -Canada, and ISNA high school. Its Food Bank served 40,000 individuals and families in 2016.

The Islamic Foundation of Toronto mosque in Scarborough was built in 1984. Set over 2.3 acres of land, the mosque also hosts a full-time school and evening/weekend classes.

The five structures chosen for ‘A Collage of Canadian Mosques’ includes mosques the artist feels a close affiliation with. Jami Mosque is housed in a beautiful historical church building, Masjid Toronto is frequently visited during work hours in downtown, Madinah Masjid reflects love for the last prophet’s (P.B.U.H) Mosque in Madinah, the Islamic Centre of Canada is where evenings, weekends, and food bank family hours are spent, and the Islamic Foundation of Toronto is where she spent her early years in the GTA.

A Collage of Canadian Mosques 30″ x 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

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