TORONTO - Sharing their community's responsibilities, a Toronto Muslim charity planned on Saturday, June 9, a fundraising event to supply urgent medical equipment for a local health care center, Inside Toronto website reported on Friday, June 8.
The event planned on Scarborough was held this Saturday to raise funds for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at the Scarborough Hospital's Birchmount Campus.
Organized by the Scarborough Muslim Association at Jame Abu Bakr Siddique, more than 400 Muslims are expected at the fundraising dinner.
Tickets for the event were printed with the Arabic phrase "Sadqah for Shifaa," which means "Charity for Cure".
Scheduled speakers include the imam of Abu Bakr Siddique the mosque, Kasim Ingar, Dr. Pervez Ali, an orthopedic surgeon and TSH CEO Dr. John Wright.
The efforts of the Muslim community were appreciated by TSH Foundation President Michael Mazza who said he is proud of how the Muslim community has supported the MRI campaign, which has seen $4.2 million raised or pledged.
The fundraising efforts aims at securing another $800,000 needed for the machine by this fall, he added.
On the other hand, the hospital has been working with the community on providing halal food and more modest gowns for its Muslim patients as well as improving after-death practices at the hospital.
Zakat, the third pillar of Islam, is obligatory upon every (capable) Muslim.
According to Islamic Shari`ah, a capable Muslim pays 2.5 percent mandatory payment and spend it to help the poor and the needy.
Muslims make around 2.8 percent of Canada's 32.8 million population, and Islam is the number one non-Christian faith in the Roman Catholic country.
A recent report from the Washington-based Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life said that Muslims are expected to make up 6.6% of Canada's total population in 2030.
A recent survey showed that the overwhelming majority of Muslims are proud to be Canadian, and that they are more educated than the general population.