Imam Abdallah Yousri is originally from Cairo, Egypt. He is a father of three little kids Aisha, Omar and Mohammed. He has a Bachelor Degree in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University. He also got his masters in Islamic law “sharia and Fiqh” from Al-Azhar University. And He is working now on his PHD from the same university.
In his capacity as the Imam & Executive director of Ummah Society, his ultimate goal is to make Ummah Mosque more than just a Mosque for prayer. He aims to make it resemble the prophet Mohammed’s mosque where the true image of Islam and Muslims is presented to the broader community, a place to collect zakat for the poor, a place to get together as a community to discuss our issues, a place for kids to play and enjoy the company of their peers, and most importantly a place for everyone to learn more about the teachings of Islam and how to overcome the struggles of this world.
Imam Abdallah won The Lieutenant Governor’s Faith in Action Award 2019
The award honours exceptional individuals whose work is driven by their religious commitment to the faith tradition to which they belong.
It’s the first time someone from the Muslim faith has won The Honourable Mayann E. Francis Faith in Action Award and Francis was thrilled.
“I hope the award continues to bring people together and serve as an example of what it means to have a healthy community of people who are involved and take care of one another,” says Francis.
Atlantic School of Theology (AST) presents The Honourable Mayann E. Francis Faith in Action Award each year. Reverend Neale Bennet, President of Atlantic School of Theology says this year’s award winners, Yousri and Stapells, have “significantly benefited the wider community through their outreach efforts.”
Imam Abadallah Yousri has shown his community leadership not only through his work, but also his compassion for others. After a family of Syrian refugees in Spryfield suffered a house fire that killed all seven of their children and injured their father, Imam Yousri demonstrated admirable empathy and strength in the many hours he dedicated to Mrs. Barho, serving her spiritual needs and advocating on her behalf.
In addition to his tireless devotion to others, Imam Yousri has implemented new programs at the Ummah mosque. They include a blood drive with Canadian Blood Services, a partnership with the Department of Community Services that is registering Muslim families to foster and adopt children and a partnership with local churches and Muslim youth that is providing support to the homeless.
Imam Yousri says it was “a very lovely moment” when he was presented with The Honourable Mayann E. Francis Faith in Action Award at the AST gala in May — calling it a surprise, but also a push to do even more.
“One of my main goals has been to build bridges between different groups and different communities in order to bring people together,” says Imam Yousri.