Mansoor Azeem is the new Imam and missionary of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’ mosque. Azeem hails from Ontario and is the cousin of former Imam Tariq Azeem, who relocated to B.C. He is amazed there are no traffic jams like those he experienced in Toronto, where he studied theology at the University of Toronto. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Mansoor Azeem, the new Imam and missionary of the Lloydminster Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’ community, delivered his most important local sermon to date to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha.
Eid-ul-Adha, a Muslim holiday was marked at the local mosque on Sept. 1 to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham, and the completion of the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.
This festive occasion is celebrated to remind Muslims of the importance of sacrifice, service towards humanity, and gratefulness towards God.
Azeem happens to be the cousin of former Imam, Tariq Azeem and vows to continue the good work of his predecessor during his time at the Baitul Amaan Mosque, located at 4530 50 St.
“I try to do my best, this is why I’m here,” said Azeem.
“As Tariq has moved to Vancouver, he is doing a great job over there, and I will try to do my best to do it here in Lloydminster as well.”
Azeem hails from Hamilton, Ont. and graduated with a theology degree from the University of Toronto, studying a variety of world religions and cultures.
“We also study about how to make peace with those religions,” he said.
Azeem said he was chosen as the Lloydminster Imam by his Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
The Caliph was in the Border City last November to inaugurate the local mosque.
Azeem’s first thought upon arriving in Lloydminster on Aug. 22 was where did all the traffic go?
“When I was in Toronto you just get stuck in traffic, but it’s amazing, you don’t get stuck in traffic,” said Azeem.
“Within 10 to 15 minutes, you can go to where you want to go.”
He has also been pleasantly surprised by the energy of the local Ahmadiyya community, which now has about 250 members.
“The community is good and it’s a small community, but we are tying to do our best to promote our organization, our religion, and to make peace with other religions as well,” said Azeem.