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Uyghur Mosque Opening Ceremony

Uyghur Mosque held an opening ceremony on Saturday, September 25 at its new location at 2299 Troy Road, Troy, Ontario.

Many Uyghurs across the North America including a number of prominent Uyghur activists and politicians attended the ceremony. A number of Imams and Muslim scholars in neighboring cities who have been speaking and advocating for Uyghurs have also attended the ceremony. Some politicians and local community members were also present. That was a good chance to introduce the Uyghurs to the local communities!!!

Uyghur Mosque is open for Jumma Prayer!

Uyghur Mosque is now open to the public for Friday prayers.  Jumma Khutba starts at 1:00pm. Everybody is welcome!

Address: 2299 Troy Road, Troy, ON

East Turkistan Republic Remembrance Day

Please join us remembering the foundation of TWO East Turkistan Republics on November 12.

The first East Turkistan Republic (Uyghurشەرقىي تۈركىستان ئىسلام جۇمھۇرىيىتى) was a short-lived Islamic republic founded on 12 November 1933. It was the first state to style itself an “Islamic republic.” It was centred on the city of Kashgar in what is today China-administered Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The ETR was primarily the product of an independence movement of the Uyghur population living there and more broadly of Turkic-ethnicity in character, including Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples in its government and its population. With the sacking of Kashgar in 1934 by Hui warlords nominally allied with the Kuomintang government in Nanjing, the first ETR was effectively eliminated.

The second East Turkestan Republic was also a short-lived between November 12, 1944, and December 22, 1949.

In late 1949, most of ETR’s key leaders and officials were killed in the Soviet Union, while they were travelling to attend talks in Beijing with the Chinese government. Before the end of 1950, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had captured most of the area of the ETR, which ceased to function. The entire region became part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).




Photos from the Opening Ceremony

Uyghur Masjid leaders, local community leaders, MPs, and many other guest speakers.

Welcome to Grand Opening Ceremony!

Please join us for the Grand Opening of the Uyghur Canadian Islamic & Cultural Center on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 12:00pm. Uyghur activists and Ulamas in Turkey, Australia and Europe have been invited to this event. A number of Imams, Sheikhs and Muslim scholars in neighboring cities who have been speaking and advocating for Uyghurs have also been invited. Some politicians and local community members are also expected to be present. This will be a good chance to introduce the Uyghurs to the local communities!!!

Congratulations to all!

Alhamdulillah, all praises be to God who made the difficult things easy for us.

Uyghurs in Canada finally got the key of the new church that they have purchased. Renovation work  to convert the church into a new mosque will begin soon. We really appreciate all Uyghurs across Canada and beyond, and all brothers and sisters who have generously donated and supported our fundraising campaign and made the blessed event possible.

Congratulations to all! The new mosque will be open to the public by Qurbani Eid Insha Allah!


New Uyghur Mosque is Coming Soon!

If God willing, Uyghurs in Canada will have the key of their new mosque in about a week’s time!

Thank you everyone who donated to the New Uyghur Mosque and has been supporting our online and offline fundraising campaigns! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Help Establish a New Masjid – Donate Generously

Uyghur community in Canada purchased a church close to Hamilton, Ontario and will be converting it into a Masjid. Below are the expenses that needed for purchasing this place and doing all necessary renovations. The closing date will be Jun 1, 2021. Please go to our online Launchgood or GoFundMe fundraising page below and donate generously.

Thank you!



Uyghurs in Canada Will Have a New Mosque Soon!

Uyghur Muslims have been the victims of religious and cultural oppression imposed by Communist Chinese regime since their invasion of East Turkistan in 1949. Especially after 2016, the religious suppression reached unprecedented level that more than 14,000 mosques were demolished, more than 60,000 imams and religious leaders were jailed and millions of pious Uyghur Muslims were arrested and detained in concentration camps. Last month, the Canadian parliament declared the atrocity as genocide.

However, on the verge of extinction, Uyghurs in diaspora have never stopped the effort to keep their identity. As part of this effort, on Mar 7, 2021, the Uyghur community in Canada decided to purchase a church and convert it to a Mosque. The mosque will be open to the public and will be a home for various level of Quranic courses. The church was built in 1873, about 21,440 sq ft, and is located in Troy, Ontario. The purchase price is $610,000 CAD and closing date is June 1, 2021 (see the purchase agreement enclosed below). Although Uyghur community is relatively small in Canada, but  with the help of Allah SWT, Uyghurs will have this place soon and convert it to a beautiful mosque Insha’Allah.

Please Donate generously; charitable tax receipt will be issued to donations made within Canada.

Jazakallah Khairan




Chinese authorities demolish mosque in Xinjiang, build public toilet


Edited By: Palki Sharma WION
New Delhi Published: Aug 17, 2020, 09.51 PM(IST)


China’s war against Xinjiang has touched a new law as reports claim that Chinese authorities have built a public toilet on the site of a demolished mosque.

The incident took place in the Atush region of Xinjiang. The mosque in the Suntagh village was demolished in 2018. Two years later, a public toilet stands in its place. The people of Suntagh have toilets at home and the village barely receives tourists, so locals say there is no need for the public toilet.

Chinese authorities know it as well that’s why the new stalls have not even been opened to the public. The bitter truth is China wants to target the Uighur Muslims of Xinjiang. China has destroyed 70 per cent of the mosques in Xinjiang and with this toilet, it is only adding insult to injury.

However, it is not the first such incident. In 2019, China destroyed the Azna mosque and now a store that sells alcohol and cigarettes has come up in its place.

In the Hotan city, authorities have been trying to build an underwear factory in the place of a demolished mosque. Beijing has destroyed between 10,000 to 15,000 mosques in Xinjiang in the last three years, according to the Uighur human rights project.

A Guardian report published last year had satellite images of the Imam Asim shrine. The shrine is located in Taklamakan desert. It used to attract Muslims from across the Hotan oasis. China recently tore down the buildings around the shrine. It also demolished the mosque and the place is deserted now.

There are similar images from Xinjiang’s Kargilik town too, the mosque was razed in 2018. China wants to erase the unique identity of Uighurs. It wants to “sinicise” Islam meaning make Islam Chinese and it is not shy of saying it out loud.

In 2019, China passed a 5-year plan to “guide Islam to be compatible with socialism”. The government of China also launched a mosque rectification campaign. There are 22 million Muslims in China including 11 million Uighurs.

China wants to blend them into the Han society which is the majority race and Beijing is ready to go to any lengths to achieve it. It has unleashed genocide in Xinjiang. Chinese authorities have jailed 1.8 million Uighurs. China has killed many and harvested their organs. Women are being raped, men are being sterilised and children have been taken away from their parents.

China has waged a war on its Muslims targeting their culture, history and their religion, those in Xinjiang cannot do much about it. However, people outside can but they aren’t. China’s actions should provoke the Muslim world but they remain silent.

Saudi Arabia the self-appointed leader of the Muslim world won’t say a word against China. Turkey which wants to dethrone the Saudis and project itself as the rightful leader of the Muslim world has been rounding up those who escaped from China and handing them over to Beijing.

Pakistan pretends it doesn’t even know what’s going on in Xinjiang. Malaysia says it won’t criticise China because it does not respond well to criticism and Iran has actually justified China’s action saying Beijing is serving Islam by suppressing the Uighurs.

The rest of the world that claims to uphold human rights has watched China’s Muslims being killed by the Chinese state and not lifted a finger. China has built a toilet as the world has flushed its conscience.