Become a KMA Volunteer

Volunteering is the lifeblood of any prosperous community. Volunteers play a vital role in building strong communities that are able to run masajid, organizations, schools, social services, youth services, conferences, clean-up drives, blood banks, and the list goes on. According to Volunteer Canada, over 13 million Canadians contribute 2.1 billion hours of volunteering annually—imagine how different our country would look if that all went away. This is even truer for Islamic associations who barely have any paid staff.

 Allah says in the Quran: “Help each other in righteousness and piety, and do not help each other in sin and aggression” [5:2]. Our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: “The dearest to Allah is the one who is most beneficial to people. The dearest deed to Allah is bringing happiness to a Muslim, or dispelling a grief from him, or settling his debt, or feeding him while he is hungry. It is dearer to me to support my Muslim brother to satisfy need than to make one month I'tikaf in the mosque. Whoever controls his anger Allah will cover his faults. And whoever goes out with a Muslim till fulfilling his necessity, Allah will make his feet stable on the Day while feats slip [al-Tabrani].

 As Muslims, our role is not just to engage in prayers. Islam encourages us to take on a broader role by working towards improving the communities we live in: feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, teaching people to read, helping people who have no where to go.

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Volunteer Committees at KMA

Kanata Muslim Association’s core strength is its dedicated volunteers. KMA appreciates the talents and time that individuals, groups and families donate to KMA’s events and activities. We welcome new and current volunteers to KMA and will strive to provide exciting and rewarding volunteering experiences in diverse areas for the whole family. Below you will find details of the Committees @ KMA, find a good cause and go for it!

Martin Luther King once said: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?

Project Committee 

- Ensure Muslims in West Ottawa have a permanent Center in Kanata

- Carry out community consultation to prioritize the needs of the community

- Set and manage roadmap to fulfill the goals of the community

- Identify resource requirements and milestones for implementing the vision

- Execute the plan
 

Prayers and Musallah Committee

- Facilitate daily prayers including Friday and Taraweeh prayers

- Maintain and improve KMA religious facilities

- Collaborate with KMA board to improve religious services and assist various programs (lectures/halaqahs)

 

Youth, Sports and Social Committee

- Establish and execute an annual calendar of social events (potlucks, Eid parties, BBQs, etc) for the Muslim community

- Conduct regular sports programs throughout the year

- Initiate and organize youth activities

- Organize City of Ottawa Spring/Fall clean-up drives in Kanata

 

Communications Committee

- Craft and execute a social media strategy (including Facebook, Twitter and others) for KMA to engage the Muslim community in unique and creative ways

- Maintain a best-in-class website serving the needs of the Muslim community in Kanata

- Establish and maintain mailing list to keep the membership and external stakeholders engaged with the KMA

- Carry out occasional studies to assess the needs of the community

- Assist KMA committees with any graphic and design needs


Finance Committee

- Ensure that full, accurate and auditable accounts of all financial transactions of KMA are kept in proper books of account

- Manage bank accounts, funds and financial records related to the organization

- Receive and record annual membership dues, donations and other contributions

- Provide receipts for dues, donations and contributions

 

Outreach Committee

- Reach out to members of the Muslim community in Kanata

- Engage in a dialogue with the multi-faith communities and spread the message of Islam to non-muslims around us

- Arrange and organize visits to the sick and the needy in the community

- Collaborate with other Muslim and non Muslim communities

 

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is extremely rewarding in so many aspects, be it social, spiritual or professional. If we volunteer for the sake of Allah, our actions will turn into His ‘Ibadah and will be rewarded in this world and the hereafter, insha’Allah. Let us remind ourselves of some of the key spiritual benefits of volunteering. Firstly, helping others will make us more thankful to Allah by reflecting on His blessings on us. Secondly, the act of volunteerism will reinforce the noble virtue of sincerity (Ikhlas) in us. Thirdly, volunteerism will bring about calmness in us and satisfaction to our souls.

 

 

We understand that our primary motivation for helping others should be our love for Allah but we can learn invaluable life long skills through our efforts as well. Also, for students, volunteering is an excellent way to build up a resume and gain a wide range of experience that can certainly help when it comes time to apply to college, university or internship (Note: High school volunteer hours are awarded at KMA). Volunteering provides an opportunity to groom some of the key aspects of our professional life as well like inter-personal and communication skills, organizational and managerial skills, networking skills

 

With all these spiritual and professional benefits in mind, we urge you to commit yourself to help others by volunteering and becoming the heart and soul of the community around you.

Daily Prayer Location

KMA Musallah

1120 March Road

Kanata, ON, K2K 0A5

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