Brief History of MCQ

The concept of MCQ originated in the seventies of the last century with a small group of concerned, dedicated and visionary Muslim brothers and sisters (Founders). Only one mosque existed at the time in Montreal to satisfy the religious and prayer needs of the community. Initially the Muslim population of Montréal was very small but in the late seventies of the last century it increased rapidly due to wars and economic problems in the world. With the increase in Muslim population the community needed, beside mosque, other Islamic institutions to conduct their lives according to the Islamic Injunctions. Recognizing the institutional needs of the community, the MCQ was established in 1979 and launched institutions; such as Muslim school (Elementary and High School) teaching regular curriculum plus Islamic studies, financial institution for halal investments and financing of family homes compliant with sharia, Mosque, Community Center. The school is 29 years old and the financial institution (Qurtuba Housing Coop) is 20 years old both are now operating independently. There are other Islamic institutional projects that are in various stages of discussion and planning.

Administration

The supreme administrative body of MCQ is called “The Council of Trustees”. The council comprises of 25 members that includes a President, secretary, Imam and a treasurer. The other members are assigned responsibilities such as building maintenance, fund raising, organizing seminars, iftar program, legal problems, financial statement, tax and insurance. All policy decisions are made in this council- contact

Finance

MCQ is a registered charitable organization, allowed by the Government to issue tax deductible receipt to donors. MCQ accepts donations, Zakatul Mal, Fitra Zakat in the month of Ramadan, donations for disasters in the world, scholarship for needy students. requests donations for urgent and on-going renovation because it is an old building. For this purpose, a special box marked donations for renovation is put outside. -MCQ

Affiliations

Muslim Council of Montreal:
www.muslimcouncil.org
Islamic Circle of North America
https://www.facebook.com/ICNA.Montreal/
Islamic Society of USA and Canada:
www.isnacanada.com
Established a full-time mosque
Established a community centre (MCQ) to provide services to community and new immigrants.
Established regular Muslim School of Montreal from
elementary to high school, recognized by the Government
of Quebec. The school is 29-years old. Many of its
graduates attend colleges and
Universities in different educational disciplines. Check
school website.
Established financial institution, Qurtuba Housing Co-op,
twenty years ago, to provide sharia compliant financing for
Muslim families to buy a house. Sharia compliant
investment opportunity for investors to earn halal income.
Qurtuba is now an independent institution. Check Qurtuba
website: www.qurtuba.ca
Full time MCQ office- contact.
Institutions Established
requests donations for urgent and on-going renovation because it is an old building. For this purpose, a special box marked donations for renovation is put outside. -MCQ