Since the early 1900’s when the first Muslims arrived in Manitoba, the Muslim community here has continued to grow. From holding prayers in jamah in someone’s basement (1966), to getting praying space at the Unitarian church (1967-1971), and finally getting it’s first masjid in Hazelwood (1975), our community has come a long way. In June, 2013 something new was added to this Legacy: the Winnipeg Islamic Center (Masjid Bilal).
Winnipeg Islamic Center (Masjid Bilal) serves the Winnipeg community at large and specially around East Kildonan and surrounding areas. InshAllah, the Center aims to provide prayer services and other vital needs of the community.
The Center was inaugurated on 22 June 2013. The grand opening was presided by key members of the community and well attended by the Muslim community at large. All the speakers echoed the sentiment that this type of Center was very much needed in this part of the city.
Our mission is to transform the vulnerable members of our community into productive, creative, active and energetic members of our society. Some of the facilities present in the center are; class rooms, multipurpose gym, and prayer halls. WIC intends to provide/Host:
- Hold five daily prayers and Friday prayers (Salaat-ul-Jum’ah)
- Social Programs and facilitating New immigrants Orientation Services
- Youth Programs like summer camps and sport activities
- Islamic and cultural Lectures, workshops, and seminars
- Weekend Islamic School and Tutoring programs