Community Services

Al Manarat Academy Weekend Program

Serving the community from past 10 years, Al Manarat’s Weekend Program is designed to cater to the spiritual needs of the youth and adults of the Muslim community. The program offers various courses in Qur’anic Studies and Arabic Language and also holds extracurricular activities, mentorship and skill building sessions. Al Manarat deeply emphasizes on community involvement and holds field trips and fundraising bake sales in order to develop empathy among its students.

Al Balagh Ladies Program

Mothers play a pivotal role in a child’s life. Since last 10 years, Al Manarat has been working towards empowering the women of Milton, Mississauga and Brampton with spiritual knowledge through various courses in Qur’anic studies and mentorship and skill building programs like in- class presentations, CPR First Aid training etc.

Youth Skill-building Program

In 2011, the students of Al Manarat Academy held a Hajj (Pilgrimage) workshop to educate the general public about the steps required to perform Hajj (Pilgrimage). The students formed groups and demonstrated the steps in a creative and presentable manner. This display of Art along with community enhancement was Al Manarat’s way of giving back to the society.

Annual Project

Speech Competition 2013 Students of Al Manarat Academy participated in the annual speech competition organized by Al Manarat. Students progressed through different levels in order to reach the final. The aim of this event was to enhance the leadership qualities and communication skills of the students in order to prepare them to be an active part of the Canadian society.

In 2015, Al Manarat hosted its 2 nd Annual Project at Turner Fenton Secondary School, Brampton. Al Manarat was proud to showcase the talent of its students through group presentations, plays and spoken words on “The Golden Age of Islam”. Al Manarat is proud of its future leaders!

Annual Summer Programs

Since 2012, Al Manarat organized summer programs for the children and youth that encouraged community bonding and stimulated their creativity through Arts and Crafts and different extracurricular activities. Under our mentors, the students enhanced their leadership and public speaking qualities while nourishing spiritually through the study of the Qur’an and Arabic language.

Brampton Towers Chaplain House

From 2011-2013, Al Manarat formed a community “Musalla” Chaplain House in Apartment 103 of Brampton Towers in Brampton, ON. This created a small platform which actively brought the community together where various workshops and sessions were held like counselling, prayers in congregation, daily iftars meals during the month of Ramadan.

Eid Galas

Eid is an Islamic festival of celebration, joy, community bonding and gifts. Since 2009, Al Manarat has held annual Eid Galas where the Muslim community of Brampton, Mississauga and Milton came together in the spirit of sharing gifts, food and joy. Every year, Al Manarat brought together 200-300 members of the community spreading joy and spiritual enlightenment.

Ramadan 30-Days Community Celebration

In the Summer of 2015, during the Holy month of Ramadan, Al Manarat organized daily congregational prayers where community members gathered for the purpose of worshipping together while spending quality time with each other. Gifts were also shared among each other and donations were collected for those members in need.

Bayyinah Institute Access Program Graduation

Al Manarat’s believes that education should be accessible to all and therefore, makes every effort to support other educational programs. On this journey of the pursuit of knowledge, In 2016, Al Manarat Academy successfully hosted the graduation for Bayyinah Access Program for the onsite Canadian students and hundreds of students worldwide online.

Halal Food Festival 2016

Al Manarat Academy participated in the Halal Food Festival held at the Celebration Square to show its commitment towards diversity and building bridges between different cultures and communities. MP Iqra Khalid appreciated our efforts and supported us in our project.

Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees in Germany

Al Manarat’s team of young, dedicated volunteers collaborated with the Muslim Student Association of University of Toronto, Mississauga in the Clothing drive for the Syrian Refugees. Our team collected and assisted in the packaging of the clothes and winter accessories at the Student Centre of UTM. These warm clothes and accessories were successfully delivered to the Syrian Refugees in Germany during the winter of 2015.

Students of Al Manarat Academy organized and raised $2000 in Bake Sale for Sponsoring Syrian Refugees The collected donations were handed over to York University MSA.

In addition to the Bake Sale, the students from different levels in the academy also raised $5000 to contribute in the sponsorship of a Syrian Family.

Sharing Gifts during the Month of Ramadan

In the spirit of giving, Al Manarat Academy presented the recently settled Syrian Families in the Malton area of Mississauga with Eid Gifts during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

At Al Manarat, we love to give back. Al Manarat’s enthusiastic and dedicated team of youth volunteers organized a field trip to the streets of downtown Toronto to distribute warm meals to the homeless community.

Al Manarat Feeds the Homeless

At Al Manarat, we love to give back. Al Manarat’s enthusiastic and dedicated team of youth volunteers organized a field trip to the streets of downtown Toronto to distribute warm meals to the homeless community.

Community Welfare

Following the Islamic teachings of community welfare and giving, Al Manarat has supported female members of the community who were faced with unfortunate circumstances. Volunteers from Al Manarat have actively lend a hand to those members in need.

Sr. Rumina Rizvi from Milton, ON, had recently undergone an ankle surgery and was advised bed rest.

“My children are a prodigy of the wonderful teachings at Al Manarat Academy and I proudly say what a change it has brought in their personalities in these important years of their lives. And as I’ve seen Al Manarat Academy grow along the way.

The teachings are not only to increase the knowledge of religion but practice the basic etiquette of living in a wholesome multicultural society. Al Manarat Academy has been running not just as an educational academy but also helping the community in various ways. My children have participated in bake sales to raise for noble causes like, fundraising for Syrian Refugees, Food Drives for the homeless, sponsoring children for education and also collecting cloths and food for earthquake victims. Al Manarat caters to all aspects of the community where children from low income families study for free and have access to similar facilities like other children and families.

It has established a social network with community members coming together in any crises to help each other. For example, when I had met with an accident, broken my ankle and went through a surgery, Al Manarat staff had organized a group of ladies to visit me at my home and help out with my small children, providing full assistance, home cooked food and homecare only in good will and noble intentions for 2 months daily. Similarly, bringing community to help each other in any situation.

Al Manarat has been associated with various causes to play its part in bringing our community and building stronger ties to work together. Raising awareness on social issues like mental health for children, a session conducted at Al Manarat Academy for parents to learn about children’s behavior and acquiring the right sources to help identify problems at early stages. Also similar sessions for mothers for self awareness and health concerns.

Al Manarat Academy has established a strong communication between teachers, parents and children to deal with day to day issues that arise in the society like bullying, coming together to help others in crises, how to raise awareness and talk about them to people and seek help. Not only it has given confidence and information but also access to a lot of opportunities for the children to move forward and be responsible citizens of this country. Seeing my children grow with knowledge along with moral & social values connecting them to the community is something I couldn’t have done on my own. And to reap the benefits as a community member myself, I am at a loss of words to express my gratitude to Ms. Nasreen Ali and the entire management of Al Manarat Academy.”

Rumina Rizvi

Members of Al Manarat Academy helped Sr. Yasmeen Shuja from Brampton, ON, to clear her debt of $40,000and provided emotional and financial support after the death of her husband.

“With the Will of Allah swt, I got the opportunity to express my life changing experience into words through Al Manarat Academy.
This bond was build in March 2014 when my husband passed away due to an open heart surgery and prolonged hospitalization. I met Sr. Nasreen Ali, the principal of Al Manarat Academy on his funeral.
She was reciting the verses from the Qur’an which stated that “We all have to return back to our Creator”. The Qur’an is a healing for the weak and broken hearts but the way she delivered the message, it was heart-touching. The love and care she showed towards me and my four children, I cannot express in words. That was the moment when my life took a turn towards Islam. My kids and I joined Al Manarat Academy on Sundays. There, we found so much peace and love which healed the deep wounds in our hearts.
If Allah can take away something, one never imagined losing, then, surely, Allah will replace it with something that you never imagined coming your way.
Allah swt chose Al Manarat Academy to help me through my hardest and toughest time of my life. Al Manarat, not only supported me morally but, it took the financial burden off my shoulders. The biggest thing was that it connected me and my children to the Book of Allah. Sr. Nasreen Ali knew that only the Qur’an can ease the pain we were going through. Alhumdulillah that helped us a lot.
On the other hand, Al Manarat paid off my large amount of debtwhich had accumulated during my husband’s long stay in the hospital.
The members of this academy have a strong bond with each other and have a strong faith in Allah swt. That was the reason they paid my debt, knowing that I was unable to pay anything back. I am so grateful to them.
Since 3 years, Al Manarat Academy has been supporting me and my family financially and morally.
I have seen a great change in my kids behavior towards religion. They feel protected and confident going to Al Manarat Academy. The school is playing an exceptional role in my kids’ life. They are learning how to live life according to the Qur’an and Sunnah so they can become better citizens and beloved in the Sight of Allah.
As everyone knows there is a backbone of a structure and Sr. Nasreen Ali is the builder of this academy. She is an inspiration to many hearts. Her loving and caring nature and her first priority is to always be there for someone when one needs her.
I feel proud to be a part of Al Manarat. All I have to say is that this academy is a blessing from Allah swt. May Allah grant it the highest rank in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen”

Al Manarat Academy has established a strong communication between teachers, parents and children to deal with day to day issues that arise in the society like bullying, coming together to help others in crises, how to raise awareness and talk about them to people and seek help. Not only it has given confidence and information but also access to a lot of opportunities for the children to move forward and be responsible citizens of this country. Seeing my children grow with knowledge along with moral & social values connecting them to the community is something I couldn’t have done on my own. And to reap the benefits as a community member myself, I am at a loss of words to express my gratitude to Ms. Nasreen Ali and the entire management of Al Manarat Academy.”

Yasmeen Shuja