Reflection on Year 2020 and welcoming 2021 InshaAllah
It has been an extraordinary year and we pray for your health and safety during these difficult times. Many of our community members have lost their parent(s), siblings, children, and immediate family members during 2020.
May Allah bestow highest orders of Jannah on them and may Allah Almighty grant Sabr and strength to the surviving family to bear the loss. Aameen
اللهم اغفر له وارحمه واكرم نزله وطهره من الذنوب والمعاصي كما يطهر الثوب الأبيض من الدنس وادخله فسيح جناتك
This year brought many unexpected changes that no one was ready for. In early March, the World Health Organization deemed the novel coronavirus, better known as COVID-19, as a pandemic. The world was forced to adjust when lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were put into place all over the world. Here at home in Guelph it was no different. The community was forced to adjust and come together in a new way through this trying time. The Muslim Society of Guelph was faced with the task of figuring out how to continue bringing the community together without being together. With a little bit of creativity and hard-work the MSOG managed to make this happen. The MSOG was forced to adjust during a time where the community comes together the most, during Ramadan. Ramadan is a time where many of us gather together with not only our family and friends but with our community too. Where normally we would go together for prayers, for iftar and to learn at the mosque, this year we are no longer able too.
While we are in the pandemic, we are excited about all the programs, learning opportunities, donations to the food bank, gifts for the needy and more that we have done at your community centre in 2020. We’re also continuing our renovations and upgrades of the Main Building. Donations from you have allowed us to complete the parking lot and grading project (~half Million Dollar). There’s so much going on, and we invite you to contribute to the vision and mission of your Community Centre.
Following are monthly expenses to run your community centre
Annual Inspections (Fire and Water)
Banking Charges / Fees
Building Maintenance (Snow/Grass)
Cleaning Services (garbage, vacuuming, washrooms)
Cleaning Supplies (has been doubled due to COVID)
Equipment Maintenance (Furnace, Boilers, AC)
Monthly Cost: $14,624.12
$15,000 per month which can be covered by 500 members by paying $1/day or $30 per month.
Thank you to all those who support Muslim Society of Guelph. There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to Muslim Society of Guelph. We know that you have many options when it comes to end-of-year giving. Why not choose your own community centre, to help further our vision of a sacred place for all to enjoy year round!
Though the situation at handmay seem never ending, it’s a fact that humans can adapt to almost any situation presented to them. By coming together as a community even if it is over Facebook live, the possibilities are endless.