Interview with Shaykh Imran Ally
During the month of April, on the sacred month of Ramadan, which is observed by 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, we are acknowledging the work of the local Muslim community at Humber River Hospital (HRH) and our Foundation.
Today, we’re shining a light on Shaykh Imran Ally, who is an active member of the Humber community. He is a career Imam at the Toronto and Region Islamic Centre (TARIC) based in Toronto, right down the street from the Hospital. He’s been the official resident Imam for over 22 years, which Shaykh Imran says is “an extremely rare achievement,” because a tenure at one Mosque for more than two decades is a unique achievement, placing Shaykh Imran among a handful of elite Imams in Canada.
Passion for Service
Shaykh Imran has had a passion for service that extends beyond his career, which is why he is also the official Muslim volunteer chaplain at Humber River Hospital for the last 18 years and counting, servicing both employees and patients at the Hospital. He has also been fundraising for Humber for about 15 years now.
“Community fundraising is a unique way to make donors realize that they are making a difference in the lives of many who struggle, while also making the donors feel some sense of ownership towards the Hospital,” Shaykh Imran said. “I am humbled to act as a conduit between the community donors and the Hospital.”
Besides raising funds for the Hospital, Shaykh Imran recently helped kick off the March Break last month by hosting another pop-up vaccination clinic at the TARIC Islamic Centre for family and friends in the community, which was another successful vaccination clinic in partnership with Humber.
The Next Generation
Through his active service for the Hospital and the community, Shaykh Imran hopes to inspire and engage young Muslim professionals to continue the rich legacy of Muslim philanthropic community fundraising.
“The hope is for them to now take the lead and explore new areas of fundraising that will also appeal to younger participants and new donors, while keeping our existing donors.”
Message to the Humber Community
As we observe the month of Ramadan, Shaykh Imran explains that the act of fasting in Islam, especially during Ramadan, enables Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice and to show compassion to the poor and less fortunate.
In addition, he says that during Ramadan, Muslims increase their generosity to many charitable activities.
“I am taking this unique opportunity to passionately encourage everyone to please donate to Humber River Hospital, an act of donation that will define your philanthropic legacy and be reckoned as ‘sadaqa jariya’ which is perpetual charity in both worlds,” Shaykh Imran said.
Our team at Humber River Hospital Foundation wish you and your loved ones a blessed Ramadan.
This month, we are bringing our community together to once again make an impact at Humber River Hospital, this time for the smallest babies and their families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Please click here to make a donation.
Thank you and Ramadan Mubarak!