AMJ Barrie has a new mosque
2017 is a ground breaking year for Barrie chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Canada. A meticulous church building with an area of 17000 square feet , siting over almost 15 acres of land has finally been purchased. Faith Alive Church of Barrie which moved to 110 Line 7 South, Oro-Medonte, ON has been acquired by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat (AMJ) and is now to be converted to a Mosque.
Congratulations to AMJ Barrie and AMJ Canada!
AMJ Barrie was established in 2004. Then there were only three families living in the city of Barrie and total membership was 11 who were part of AMJ Newmarket.
In same year Barrie became an independent chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Canada. Families living in Angus and Moonstone were also included in Barrie Jamaat. However there was no place of its own to carry its activities and programs. Members used various members’ homes in rotation or rented public venues for the purpose. Some homes were nominated as Namaz centres. Friday prayer was offered in one of these houses until 2015 when Westside United Church on Ferndale Road was rented part time for activities and programs of Ahmadi Muslim men and women and children.
In 2011 Dr. Rafiq Ahmed Malik moved permanently to Barrie. A retired professor of Architecture, he came with a mission to build a mosque in Barrie. Soon, he realized that local resources are not sufficient to materialize his dream! He approached friends and relatives wherever he could reach out. Locally he made continuous personal efforts to motivate members to donate generously towards Barrie Mosque Fund. By 2016 a significant amount was collected however it was insignificant to buy a place of worship for about 200 Ahmadi members of Barrie chapter.
Later Khalid Malik Sahib and a team of dedicated members of Barrie continued their efforts. In 2017, Barrie has finally obtained its own centre of worship and activities.