It is said that when a Momin moves to a new place, the first question he asks; do we have an Imambargah here? With the grace of God, Azadari is fed to us by our elders and it stays in our blood and is passed onto generation after generation. In 1980s, Momineen of Edmonton, mostly immigrants from India and Pakistan, quickly realized that the only Azadari available in Edmonton is either in English or Arabic. To satisfy their need of having Azadari in Urdu language, Momineen started arranging religious programs at their houses.In 1994, Br. Syed Ali (may Allah bless his soul) started holding Majalis and Milad programs at his residence in MillWoods Edmonton. Many well known speakers from subcontinent read Majalis at the Azakhana at his residence. This arrangement continued for more than a decade. Alberta’s strong economy attracted many Momin families to Edmonton and a time came when Br. Syed Ali Marhoom’s house was not big enough to accommodate the large number of mourners.
HCECA was registered as a charitable organization on Jun 13, 2008. This was a major step in our journey towards getting a place that we can call Hussainia. In 2009, we bought the existing land of acres and moved our programs to this new location. It was a humble beginning to mourn the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). There was always a desire to build a proper Hussainia building which can accommodate the growing population of Momineen in Edmonton and surrounding areas. In 2016, an application was submitted to the city council for rezoning of the area to build a new structure. Alhamdulillah, after many challenges, we have finally received approval from Edmonton City Council to build a new Hussaini Center.
We have hired a Consultant with extensive experience in designing the project. We have planned to have a basement, main level and 2nd level . The main level, that we propose is of approx. 8228 sqft with 2nd level of 2857 sqft and basement of 8338 sqft thus providing us a total of 19533 sqft of constructed place.
The Main level will comprise of a prayer hall for Gents and Ladies with capacity for 250 people on each side. There will be provisions to accommodate almost 1000 more people if required InshaAllah.
Additionally, there will be a Maiyat Ghsul room, washrooms and office space and a kitchen.
What is immediately required?
Consultant's Fee: $10,000 NOW $30,000 till July 15
Tree Cutting and Bore hole done as per layout (From now till July 15): $10,000
Property Division (15 meters) total 30 meters (by end of July)
Road Access and Utilities Cost Sharing: $200,000
Development Permit and Building Permit by July 3rd week: $70,000
Recognizing & SITE Servicing Cost $300,000 out of which required immediately: $100,00
Let's Make A Change
Here are some ways you can donate:
Hussain Canadian Educational and Cultural Association is a registered charitable organization in Canada. HCECA also has Khums Ijaza from Marjae Taqlid
330 66 Street SW,
Edmonton, AB T6X 1A3