The necessity to create an establishment that is capable of answering religious and cultural needs of the Iranian community in Toronto area has always been felt due to the ever-increasing growth of this community. Therefore, in order to meet this need, Islamic Iranian Centre of Imam Ali (a.s.) with the help of God, along with spiritual and financial support of Iranians, and independent of any political group, was established in February 2000 by Dr. Seyed Muhammad Kazem Mesbah Moosavi with assistance of his wife, Mrs. Ameneh Mottaghi.
As a social base, this centre has been unique in understanding and answering the religious and social needs of respected Iranians. It has also been able to act as a spiritual and religious support for the people who are far from their own cultural and social roots and their home countries. Despite its own short life, this place could be considered a valuable gift to the community that provides a great chance to families to familiarize their children with Islamic teachings of the Iranian culture.
The Islamic Iranian Centre of Imam Ali (a.s) has a wide range of goals for satisfying the religious and cultural needs of the Iranian community. One of the major objectives of the centre is the availability of social and cultural services. This involves the outstanding voluntary participation of Iranians weekly in the centre. The success of the centre depends on the increasing attraction of and support from Iranians and Muslims from other communities. In addition, the services of the centre and participation of Muslims are mutually dependent as well.
The long-term goals of the mosque are still being studied and planned by the experts and advisors of the centre. The Islamic Iranian Centre is benefited from cooperation and inspirations of professionals, doctors, engineers and businesspersons who co-operate with the mosque voluntarily as advisors and executives in different subcommittees of the centre.
Furthermore, pursuing the goals of the centre and its continued success would be impossible without financial support; especially since this centre has always been dependant on the support and financial aid of benevolently and has no other source of help except from Allah (s.w.t.).
The goals of the Centre
1. Familiarizing the Iranian Muslim society particularly, the youth, with Islamic teachings
2. Strengthening the family units by emphasizing its values and responsibilities
3. Preserving the identity of religious culture in the Iranian community in order to avoid self-alienation
4. Strengthening the social relations in the Iranian society
5. Providing consultation and offering services to meet other needs of Iranians based on our capabilities
6. Helping the respected Muslims in time of death of their loved ones
7. Funeral services
8. Helping the Muslims and non-Muslims who are needy and poor
9. Guiding the new comers in finding jobs and other needs
10. Resolving family disputes
11. Having classes for