WHO ARE WE?
Kanata Muslim Association (KMA) is a not-for-profit, federally-registered charity serving Muslims and representing Islam in Ottawa West. Alhamdulillah, we are trusted by over 1000 satisfied donors. Click here to view our Canada Revenue Agency registered charity profile.
Kanata is home to over 6,000 Muslims, making up about 8% of the population. Alhamdulillah, we’re incredibly blessed to have a diverse community, where men, women and children of various ethnic backgrounds and ages participate actively in prayers, community events, programs and initiatives. We are bonded together by faith and humanity, with respect and appreciation for individual and cultural differences.
Our community consists of many young families as well as seniors. Kanata is home to Canada’s largest tech park and many of our community members work in the technology sector and in the federal public service.
Our organization was founded in 2004 to serve the needs of the growing Muslim community in Kanata. For over a decade, Friday prayers and activities were held in rented facilities such as churches, schools and community centres. Alhamdulillah, we finally purchased a property in 2016 for Kanata’s first Masjid. Our goal is to establish a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable purpose-built Masjid & Centre to serve the needs of our growing community.
Click here to learn more about our Masjid & Centre Project.
We’re committed to representing Islam and serving the needs of Muslims in Ottawa West in a professional and caring manner. We are focused on three primary areas: Spirituality, Wellness and Outreach. We aim to unite people through spirituality and compassion. Our primary activities are organizing prayers and classes, promoting education about our faith through diverse programs and events, helping those in need, providing spiritual counsel and representing our community through mainstream and social media.
Our organization is managed by a board of directors that is elected by registered members of the organization in good standing. The current board members are:
- Br. Mehmood Shaikh (President)
- Br. Ala Abu Alkheir (Education, Tristar Academy)
- Br. Tanvir Alam (Finance)
- Br. Essam Bakr (Facility Management)
- Br. Nabil Rafehi (Al-Madinah School)
- Sr. Reem Tarek (Zakat, Sisters’ Committee)
- Br. Jamal Zakaria (Youth, Technology)
✓ Federally-registered charity in good standing
✓ Elected board of directors, paid members & constitution
✓ Full-time imam & over 25 part-time teachers
✓ Weekend & evening schools serving hundreds of students
✓ Member of United Muslim Organizations of Ottawa-Gatineau (UMO-OG)
✓ Good relations with other Muslim organizations & faith communities
Imam Sikander Ziad Hashmi has been our resident Imam since 2014. He is trained in the Islamic sciences, journalism, philanthropy and non-profit leadership. He leads Friday prayer weekly and is normally present Tuesday to Saturday to lead three of five daily prayers and to attend to the needs of the community. He regularly organizes spiritual and educational programming for adults, youth and children. Email him to book an appointment.