Kingston Ontario Mosque Bus Stop

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Hello,

My name is Sawsan Mohammed, I am reaching out to you as a highschool student and member of the Kingston Muslim community in hopes of getting support in lobbying for a bus stop that goes to the Islamic Center out by Sydenham Road. 

Currently, the Muslim community exceeds 2000 people and the only place of worship accessible by bus is the Queen’s prayer space which  is run by Queen's university and does not have the capacity to even house their own Friday Prayers. Not only that, but it does not have the resources that the mosque has. With the scheduled closure of the John Deutsch University centre for construction we will lose even that.

For years, the mosque has been reliant upon volunteers to drive refugees and Muslims with lower incomes to the Mosque to be able to use its services. However, due to drop off rates, this initiative has become unsustainable. 

Although we have been requesting for a bus stop for years, handing out petitions, contacting the city council and Kingston transit, we have reached a standstill. 

I strongly believe that creating this bus stop is important. Many members of the Muslim community in Kingston are from vulnerable populations and prohibiting them from accessing their religion due to income and circumstance is neither inclusive nor fair. Not only are there refugees from countries like Somalia, Sudan and Syria, there are also students that have previously relied on the mosque to access cheap food, community programming, and support from members of the Kingston community that speak their  mother tongue. The mosque has been a home away from home for Kingston Muslims since 1996, and I want it to be that and more for others in the years to come.

My firm belief is that a person's ability to practice religion should not be reliant upon their access to a personal vehicle.


Thank-you for your time,

Sawsan Mohammed