Note: Prayer times obtained from Islamic Finder. Will update soon with recalculated Isha time.
Despite our ideological differences with Mr. Driver, the mosque reached out and offered support to the family members of Aaron Driver.
The mosque has been informed that the family has chosen to have a private 'non religious affair' for the funeral and although greatly appreciated, declined offers of support to the family. We understand the family has decided to cremate the body, which is against Islamic burial rules, however respect the family’s decision.
The mosque greatly appreciated the comments from family members for recognizing our well intended attempts to turn Mr. Driver towards a true understanding of Islam and we pray that the family members find peace in this difficult time.
For any further inquires about the funeral please refer to the family members of Mr. Driver.
In light of yesterday's events in Strathroy, involving an individual who was previously known to authorities, London's Muslim community expresses its appreciation to law enforcement officials for keeping our community safe.
Aaron Driver came to the attention of London Muslim Mosque over a year ago after he moved from Winnipeg as part of his peace bond. Mosque officials immediately informed the police of his presence and kept the authorities apprised of their engagement efforts.
The London Muslim community prioritizes the safety of all Canadians and efforts were made to engage Aaron with the hope that the warmth of community involvement and engagement might change his perspective. At all times, the police were updated about these efforts, in addition to their own monitoring. While he had wrong views about the world, at no time did any officials with the Mosque know or suspect that Aaron was translating those views into any kind of attack. He did not display any outward signs of aggression.
The Mosque knew of his views, and chose not to turn a blind eye to the problem of violent extremism. We engaged him with the hope of changing his views on Islam and to show him the true, peaceful nature of our religion. We constantly monitored his activities within the Mosque and did our best to keep the authorities engaged with our activities.
The London Muslim Mosque, and the London Muslim community reiterate that Islamic teachings forbid violent acts against innocent people or interfering with the sanctity of life. "With the strongest of language, as a community, we condemn any form of extremist or radical behaviour as being contrary to the teachings of Islam," states Nawaz Tahir, spokesperson for London Muslim Mosque. "Such behaviour has no place in our community, and cannot be tolerated," he added. The Mosque looks forward to further working with authorities and the community to develop new mechanisms to counter violent extremism.
Earlier today, London Mayor Matt Brown reached out to Muslim leaders to reaffirm his commitment to working with the mosque in combatting Islamophobia. “I’ve worked with the London Mosque for many years and strongly believe that at times like this we need to stand together. I applaud the mosque for working with our police partners to keep our community safe.”
At least 30,000 Muslims make London their home - working and contributing to the greater London community. The safety and security of the community that we live in and the community that our children live in is of paramount importance.
London Muslim Mosque was the first mosque built in Ontario in 1964 and serves over 30,000 Muslims in the London and surrounding area.
The London Islamic School is accepting applications for spots in our Ministry-licensed preschool program, for the 2016-2017 school year, for children born in 2013. Apply by visiting the LIS office during summer hours (Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Spots are limited, and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. For more information contact Mr. Nader Abdelmajed at 519-679-9920 or [ ap at londonislamicschool dot com ](protected from spambots, replace at with @ and dot with .)
The London Islamic School is accepting applications for spots in grade 2, grade 3 and grade 6 for the 2016-2017 school year. Visit the LIS office during summer hours (Monday -Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) to apply and to get more information on the admissions process. Spots are limited. For more information contact Mr. Nader Abdelmajed at 519-679-9920 or [ ap at londonislamicschool dot com ] (protected from spambots, replace at with @ and dot with .)
Jumaa 1 : 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Jumaa 2 : 1:30pm to 2:00pm