Again for this year, Muharram planning by all the groups at Jaffari Community Centre began long ago and involved many volunteers
All volunteer groups and the Office staff with all the tools provided by Board of Directors worked tirelessly to ensure no stone was left unturned to prepare for Azadari during the mourning period of Muharram and safar.
This year, the President announcement Imam Zamana Safety and Security Initiative to ensure all attending Azadari should experience a total and safe environment.
Since initiation of this project, detailed planning for Muharram especially the first 12 days was undertaken with involvement of all key the stakeholders involving Ladies committee under the leadership of Chairlady, JIY,JVC , Parking ,AV, Mukhi team ,JFMB ,Security team,Neighbourhood watch ,DOO, Facilities ,Office & BOD worked collectively in execution and with the support of the attendees.Similarly hired security and YRP performed to the high standards in addition to the security layers of Jaffari community Centre.
Alhamdulillah, the Safety and Security was enhanced with ‘low risk ‘ security threat recorded.However the vigil continues at all times by all our teams in place
Sr.Berak Hussein, a community wellness and mental health trainer of Ottawa, she shared her experience in participating in Azadari at JCC. She said ,’ Can only imagine the sheer magnitude of how much thought, planning, time and organization has gone into making sure that the Muharram programs runs as smoothly as it looks is impressive Mashallah. I can only imagine the meetings, time and effort from all involved to ensure that all aspects from parking, security, food, traffic flow, speakers, majalis, volunteers, cleanliness, etc were thought of in detail and managed to ensure an amazing Muharram season with so many community members in attendance. Mashallah the efforts of this planning shows beautifully. Ma2joureen to all who were involved whim no doubt took time from their work, family and personal life to realize this all.
When I came to the JCC for the Muharram 2019 programs I was amazed by the many things put in place to ensure the running of a smooth and successful program especially considering the size of the attendees who come to the JCC.
One aspect is the high security set in place to ensure the safety of the center’s attendees. I was surprised at first when I saw the female security guards at all of the designated ladies’ entrances then remembered the world that we are living in and the need for such security measures in light of recent mosque attacks in different parts of the world including locally. The security guard was courteous, friendly and thorough in checking our purses and our clothing.
It is sad that we have to put these measures in place but it is much safer knowing that it is implemented to prevent acts of atrocities God forbid. I was also stopped by a volunteer on the outside of the center to not record when she saw me trying to record a clip. I was explained after that this is not allowed as a means to manage security as well as to no attract unwanted attention from people who may be looking for a Muslim center to attack. Again I appreciated the reasons behind the request considering the safety of thousands is at risk but saddened at the same time as the JCC is a source of pride that one would want to share with people to see what successful organized Muslims can accomplish Mashallah’.
A community can only be successful by the support of its participants and membership. We wish to thank Allah and all our community members for the opportunity to serve as the servant of the Imam of the time( ajtf). Please forward all your concerns and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org and this way we can keep on improving in our deliverance and services.