History of Markaz ul Islam
Muslims of Edmonton in general and those in Millwoods area and south side in particular gathered many times in 1981-82 to discuss the need of praying Salat in congregation and provide Islamic education for children. Subsequently, an Ad hoc committee was formed to search for a permanent location for the Masjid. The land was bought in 1982 and application for rezoning was made.
The Markaz-ul-Islam Society of Edmonton (MSE) was established in 1982 and is registered for a non-profit charitable religious organization with Revenue Canada. The main objectives of the society are to preserve Muslim identity in a non-Islamic environment, to present true meaning of Islam to non-Muslims, to establish an Islamic center, to provide religo-social services, and to promote Islamic education and values.
Alhamdulillah, by the efforts, hard work and dedication of our brothers and sisters in this community, the Masjid (Markaz) was built and opened for worshipping Allah (SWT) in the fall of 1986. The Masjid project brought the Muslim community as one Ummah who showed that they could achieve their goal of building a Masjid by the help of Allah (SWT) and through their own local efforts and resources.
Over the years the MSE has managed a Madrasah for providing Quranic teaching and Islamic education. It has also provided a forum to the Muslim Community by organizing seminars, workshops and conferences to sensitize, discuss and find solutions to the socio-religious issues being faced by the Edmonton Muslim Community, specifically the youth.
The Masjid has always been in the forefront in recognizing and presenting awards and certificates to the Madrasah students (children and the youth) for their accomplishments.