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Accomplishments

This section is provided with a view to providing Information for our visitors to the site and for those community members who may not be familiar with the activities of Jami Omar. With the help of Allah (SWT), Jami Omar has achieved the following major milestones:

1. Acquisition of Real Property

In 1993, JMOC acquired a 2000 sq. ft. bungalow along with 1.1 acres land, located at 572 Moodie Drive to establish a temporary place of worship. The vast majority of funds were raised locally and donated by the Muslim community.

2. Jami Omar Masjid

In 1994, the facility was renovated to establish the Jami Omar Masjid. Initially, daily and Juma� prayers were started in the basement. Gradually, internal modifications were undertaken to meet the growing Congregation.

3. Madrasa Noor-ul-Islam

In 1994, Madrasa Noor-ul Islam was relocated to 572 Moodie Drive. It provides 10 hours of education weekly, covering Quran recitation, Hifz, Qiraat, Tajweed, Fiqh, Seerah and Arabic language. The education is provided at no cost. The enrolment has increased from 30 to 140 at present.

4. Parking Lot

In 1996, construction of a parking lot was completed to accommodate 42 cars on site.

5. Taghseel & Takfeen Facility

In 1997, Ottawa's first taghseel facility was established. It became operational within 6 months of planning, design and government approval. All services including coffin, kafan, supplies, and transportation are provided free of charge or at cost for those who can afford to pay. Contributions are optional. Dedicated key volunteers of the community run the entire operation.

6. New Prayer Hall and Amenities

In 1997, a 1000 sq. ft. prayer hall was constructed and the basement was renovated to provide wudhu area, washrooms and other amenities. The congregation has grown and today a large number of musallees have to pray outside for Jumah Salaat.

7. Additional Lands

In 1999 Jami Omar purchased a 1.7 acre lot behind our present Masjid for build a well-designed multi-purpose facility and a larger Masjid to meet the future needs of our rapidly growing Muslim Community.

In 2003 we were able to purchase a further 1 acre of land adjacent to the proposed new centre to build a Seniors Residence for our aging Muslim Population.

8. Zoning Change from Residential to Institutional

In 2002, an application to change the zoning of the new land was made. The zoning was granted by the city. However, there was an appeal made to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) by the opponents that was subsequently rejected in September 2003. The zoning change was approved in favour of the Masjid.

Accomplishments' Summary

1993:  Acquired Real Estate property

1994:  Established Jami Omar Masjid

1994:  Relocated Al-Madrasah Noorul Islam

1996:  Built Parking Lot

1997:  Started full funeral services

1997:  Built new prayer hall

1999:  Purchased additional 2.4 acre land

2002:  Initiated zoning change

2004:  Acquired 1 acre land for a future senior residence

2005:  Launched the current project

2006:  Current Expansion Project (50,000 sq. ft. facility)