Al-Azhar Islamic School, formerly known as Al-Azhar Academy of Canada, started in September 1997. Al-Azhar Academy of Canada acted on the importance of establishing a formal full-time Islamic school that would fill a major gap in the education experience of Muslim children in Toronto. Continued parent and community support allowed the school to move from its first establishment, a commercial unit, to a prestigious educational and Islamic setting next to a Mosque. Now entering the school’s twelfth year, the school has developed a solid teaching staff, dedicated administration, and a very close community that we like to call family. Elhamdullah with the help of Allah subhana wa taala we have maintained and Insha’Allah will continue to uphold the school philosophy of providing an accessible, academically competitive, and religiously embedded education for Muslims in Toronto.
The aims and objectives for which AL-ASAS is being formed are :
1- To establish, maintain and conduct institutional, school, and classes for religious education and to support and maintain missions and missionaries in order to propagate Islam.
a- To preach, promote and and advance the spiritual teachings of Islam by practicing the religious observances, tenets and doctrines associated with Islam.
b- To provide education and counseling for needy immigrants in English and in their native language.
c- To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all of part thereof and the income therefrom for charitable purpose of an educational nature, and in particular, to provide scholarships, prizes and financial assistance to students of elementary schools and secondary schools, with emphasis on students, who, without financial assistance, might not otherwise be able to continue their education.
d- To preach, promote and and advance the spiritual teachings of Islam by practicing the religious observances, tents and doctrines associated with Islam.
2- To establish, maintain and conduct day car centers licensed under the Day Nurseries Act for the education, including care and guidance of, children with emphasis on the needy children and to liaise with other charitable, educational or governmental agencies or organizations in developing child care programs.
3- To provide education and counseling for needy immigrants in English and in their native language.
4- To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all of part thereof and the income there from for charitable purpose of an educational nature, and in particular, to provide scholarships, prizes and financial assistance to students of elementary schools and secondary schools, with emphasis on students, who, without financial assistance, might not otherwise be able to continue their education.
5- To carry on educational programs in order to increase knowledge respecting teaching methods, teaching skills and teaching aids thought research, education and publication and distribution of books, papers, reports, periodicals, and pamphlets, and to provide funds to charitable organizations which carry on such educational programs.
6- To establish and operate shelters for disadvantaged children, omen and seniors with in the Muslim community in the greater Toronto area.
Our vision is to go beyond the basic requirements of mosques. Vibrant comprehensive educational institution and centers are now urgently required in order to train, educate and prepare our children in an Islamic environment to meet the heavy challenges that lay ahead in an open secular and highly competitive society. Al-Azhar Islamic School is just a small initiative to assist parents in meeting the proper educational needs of their children in an easily accessible and affordable manner and provide professional social support services to members of the community.
Al-Azhar Islamic School aspires to provide a sound and balanced education of the highest standards to Muslims in an Islamic environment right here in North America. Al-Azhar is committed to make this superior form of comprehensive education, combining Islamic religious studies with legitimate secular academic training, one of excellence and ensures accessibility and affordability primarily to all Muslim families and students.