We are grateful to be practising Islam on land that is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg people of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa).
First incorporated as a city in 1892, Windsor’s population grew from 21,000 in 1908 to 105,000 in 1928. This rise was almost entirely due to employment offered in the automobile industry.
This was capped by the opening of the Ambassador Bridge (1929), the world's longest international suspension bridge, and the Detroit-Windsor Auto Tunnel (1930), the only international vehicular tunnel in the world.
In 1965, following the signing of the Canada-US Auto Pact, employment was high and immigration increased. The city began to take shape and developed into how we see it today.
Muslims began immigrating to Essex county in the early 20th century. In 1950, the Windsor Muslim community consisted of 20 families.
In 1956, the community officially started the Windsor Islamic Youth Association, Windsor's first mosque. By 1960, the name was updated to Windsor Islamic Association. This was a space for Muslims to pray, socialize, and grow.
By 1963, our community outnumbered 3,000 Muslims from 19 different countries. As we experienced this rapid growth, we began to lack enough space to accommodate everyone. Our team began to look for long-term solutions.
Over the next few decades, our community continued to grow and so did the need for a larger space.
In 1991, we began construction on the Windsor Mosque and worked towards the building that we see on the corner of Dominion and Northwood today.
Spend of your substance in the cause of Allah, and make not your own hands contribute to destruction; do good, for Allah loveth those who do good.
[Surah Al-Baqara, Chapter 2, Verse 195]
Thank you to all the amazing and wonderful people that helped bring us to our home. Your contributions and humility are gracious examples for all.
Windsor Islamic Association
1320 Northwood Street, Windsor, Ontario N9E 1A4, Canada
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May you be protected and blessed, Ameen.