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Winnipeg’s Iraqi Community Collecting Funds for the MIA’s New Islamic School

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Held at the Grand Mosque in Winnipeg, the Iraqi community organized a Foodarama dinner to support the development of the Manitoba Islamic Association’s new Islamic School. The school is planned to open this September, with registration currently open for kindergarten to grade two.

Ali Thiyab Husien, a member of the Iraqi community in Winnipeg, was interviewed by journalist Zuher Almusre from U Multicultural. Husien wanted to support the school’s development as he believes preserving cultural identity and heritage is important. For many newcomers, it’s a constant balancing act when raising children, socializing with them to find a place in their new home and community while maintaining a connection to their family culture and language. The new school is essential to maintaining that balance for Winnipeg’s Muslim community and will provide students with an avenue to learn more about their cultural identities.

He added that raising children is the most important thing we must be keen on now. Since today’s kids will be the parents of tomorrow, a love of culture must be cultivated to ensure it continues through each generation.

The administration of this new Islamic school will directly connect with Winnipeg’s Muslim community, learning what is important to them and working on creating a generation of students that study not only the same subjects taught by Canadian public schools but also Islamic and Arabic culture.

Cheikh Ould Moulaye, Ph.D., has been chosen as the principal of this new school. He explained to “Civic Platform” the development of new schools takes a tremendous amount of financial and community support, and seeing the turnout from the events showcased the embodiment of cooperation and solidarity from the Arab community.
Moulaye said that this school has high aspirations and long-term objectives. Through these, he hopes to see graduates with strong academic backgrounds who will assist Winnipeg’s Islamic community and the city.

– Zuher Almusre, U Multicultural

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