History of Masjid An-Noor
Muslim presence in the Niagara region can be traced back to the early 1960s. As time went on, these early Muslims realized the need to preserve their cultural heritage and Islamic identity. Some of them took turns hosting social and religious functions at their homes. As the number of Muslims grew in the late 1970s and early 1980s, community members saw the need to build their first place of worship. With generous donations from Muslim families, a mosque was built in 1984 on Lyons Creek Rd. in Niagara Falls.
With the newly-established mosque being relatively distant, it was quite difficult for many Muslims who lived, worked, or studied in St. Catharines to commute to Niagara Falls for daily or weekly prayers. In 1987, the community—led by Brock MSA students—rented a room at 15 King St. in downtown St. Catharines for daily prayers, Ramadan functions, and Eid celebrations. Soon the room was outgrown and the members decided to rent a bigger unit at 491 Merritt St. Not long after that, the Islamic Society of St. Catharines (ISSC) was established. Another prayer space was offered at 22 Geneva St. by a prominent member of the community, Hussein Hamdani, for congregational prayers at no cost. This was only a temporary solution and members of the community always dreamt of a permanent mosque of their own.
Since its establishment, Masjid An-Noor has been a significant religious and cultural icon in the City of St. Catharines—endeavoring to meet the spiritual, social, and educational needs of the diverse Muslim community. The mosque has also been committed to fostering interfaith relations and building bridges of understanding with other faith communities in the city.
The mission of the ISSC is to help members of the Muslim community achieve success as Canadian citizens while preserving a strong Muslim identity and contributing to the prosperity of the larger community.
Masjid An-Noor is committed to fulfilling the religious, spiritual, social, and educational needs of its Muslim community. Our belief system is based on the Qur’an and the Authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)
Arabic is taught as the language of the Qur’an. However, English is commonly used in lectures and activities.
Islam is a universal religion. The followers of Islam identify themselves simply as Muslims (i.e. those who have submitted themselves to the Will of God/Allah). Of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, only 18% are Arabs. Our diverse community cherishes this sense of universality. No ethnic activities or racial overtones are allowed in our community.
Following a particular school of thought or jurisprudence (mazhab in Arabic) is only a matter of personal preference, not a community policy.
We believe, as stated in the Qur’an and Hadith (Prophetic Traditions), that all Muslims— irrespective of race, color, or gender— are part of a universal brotherhood under Islam, and they have the same rights and obligations, and that they are all equal before God/Allah and the law.
We believe in the worth and the dignity of every human being. Everyone is welcome in the mosque.
Following the Qur’anic injunction that there is no compulsion in accepting the religion of Islam (Qur’an 2:256), we welcome anyone who is interested to join our community of his/her own free will.
We ask the Almighty (SWT) to help us be good Muslims in this life and give us paradise in the Hereafter, and make it easy for us to obey his commands and prohibitions, follow the guidance of His messenger (PBUH), and grant us righteousness (taqwa) and sincerity (ikhlas) in everything we say or do. Amen!
To disseminate authentic knowledge to help maintain a stronger relationship with Allah (ibadat) and a better relationship with the people (mu’amalat) as well as inner peace and integrity with one’s self.
To help members of the community achieve success as Canadian citizens while preserving a strong Muslim identity and contributing to the prosperity and well-being of the larger community.
To empower the youth, women, and reverts to become active members and help shape the future of the community.
To spread awareness of the moderate message of Islam by reaching out to non-practicing Muslims as well as non-Muslims.