After seeing the dire need for more access to Islamic education for the youth of our community, the dedicated team of Lantern of knowledge academy set out to offer basic Islamic education to the youth of our community. The team and staff are comprised of members of the Flemingdon park community. For us by us. Our concern stemmed from the lack of connection between the young Muslims generation and the Muslim community.

The journey began in 2019. After struggling to secure a vacant space to run our classes, the administration approached the St.John XXII catholic school (175 Grenoble drive) to rent out 3 classrooms in the evening from Monday to Friday. Within one month of starting our classes, we were overwhelmed by the amount of student applications we received. We could only cater to so many with the limited amount of space and resources we had. To our regret, many students had to be turned away due to lack of resources. We went back to the drawing board and decided that we need more space to cater to our community.

After one year of arduous effort, we finally secured a unit in the Flemingdon plaza (29-747 Don Mills road). Even though rent was almost four times the amount that we were paying at the school, looking at the dire need of our community we reluctantly took the space in the hopes that through community support we would be able to manage the financial burden of this new facility.

By the grace of Allah and the communities support, this new facility finally opened its doors in August 2020. With the increase in space, we were able to grow our small 3 class program (2 boys classes and one girls class) into 6 classes (4 boys and 2 girls) our staff grew from 3 teachers to 7 teachers.

Alhumdulillah we offer 5 times daily salaah, multiple Jumu’ah salaah, evening madrassa, full time and part time Hifz classes, weekly adult and youth programs and a multitude of other services.