Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto (ISIJ) / Jaffari Islamic Centre The community of members that make up the ISIJ of Toronto began congregating for major religious occasions in the late 1960’s. Today we have grown into a Shia Muslim community whose organization is a source of inspiration to other Muslim communities continent-wide. There are currently almost 2000 voting Members of the ISIJ of Toronto, which when including family members translates to approximately 5000 individuals. The Membership is comprised primarily, but not exclusively, of Shia Muslims of Indian origin from East Africa with a deep and rich history of worship, congregation and community service. Indeed, serving and managing the affairs of a Community of this size requires dedication, organization and a collective desire to “be your neighbour’s keeper.” As a result of this spirit, we have established 4 separate places of worship in Thornhill, Brampton, Hamilton and London, Ontario. In 1979, the ISIJ of Toronto built the Jaffari Islamic Centre (JIC) in Thornhill. For many years, it ranked as the grandest Mosque in the Greater Toronto Area, if not in the entire country. It remains the primary centre of worship for the majority of the Membership.