000 - A Taste of Ramadan - Centennial Plaza - Edmonton, Alberta - Wednesday June 29 2016

EDMONTON’S ANNUAL TASTE OF RAMADAN

Lots of free food, clothing, diverse culture, and activities for the whole family

On Wednesday June 29, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

CENTENNIAL PLAZA
101A Avenue & 100 Street
(South side of Library)

– Everyone is Welcome –

I am currently ( 5:11 p.m. ) sitting inside the Edmonton Public Library facing Centennial Plaza, and watching volunteer brothers and sisters setting up the space for this evening’s event.

If you’re in Edmonton and free this evening, InshAllah, pop by. I’ll update this post with a full report after the evening.

00 - Old Masjid Quba Location - Parking Lot - Tuesday June 28 2016

 

Syed Hussein, a volunteer with Masjid Quba in Central Edmonton, is managing the Itikaf program there.

After Fajr, Dawn Prayers, the brother drove us around downtown showing me a number of sites of Interest to Canadian Muslims.

We recorded this podcast after Fajr, while driving around Central Edmonton this morning.

Our discussion features The History of Muslims in Central Edmonton, and background of one its tireless Community Organizing Leaders.

We conclude the podcast by learning the backstory of the Dome inside the Masjid.

( Minor correction: Near the beginning of the podcast, I state is the start of Day 24, Got ahead of myself there. Today is actually Day 23 of Ramadan 2016. )

01 - Masjid Quba - Dome INSIDE The Masjid - Tuesday June 28 2016



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Recapping what was learned yesterday visiting Lloydminster Islamic Centre.

00 - Lloydminster Islamic Centre - Saskatchewan - Saturday June 25 2016

Lloydminister Islamic Centre is literally a block and a half from the Alberta border.

You’ll easily find it at 4610 49 Avenue in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan :

“From HWY 16 go one block north on 49 Ave and it is located on the left. Lloydminster Islamic Centre is on the South of Post Office”

The Masjid is on a block that has as its neighbours: the town’s four-plex cinema, the Post Office on one side, the Native Friendship Centre as their other next door neighbour, and the Regional Municipal town hall a block away.

The building’s architectural design would stand out were it located in Toronto or even Vancouver.

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It’s Friday Morning, Day 19 of Ramadan 2016 and I’ve arrived by bus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I intend to attend Jumah Prayers in the City’s oldest masjid shortly.

Before Jumah, Evakatrina and I met inside the Main Branch of the Public Library, a short walk from the bus terminal.

We’ve been following each other on Twitter for years, yet this is only the second time we’ve met in person.


 

We recorded this 12 minute podcast where Evakatrina shares with us her experience of Being a Muslim in Saskatoon.

InshAllah, you enjoy our chat.

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01 - Labbaik - 15 year old Taraweeh Prayer Leader - Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Regina - Thursday June 23 2016

After Iftar and before Isha, I randomly sit down on the main floor of Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Regina.

Nearby are a couple of young brothers. One of them is Labbaik.

Originally from Toronto, Labbaik has lived in Regina since he was nine. Today, he’s 15.

Labbaik ended up in Regina, because his dad wanted to sponsor his uncle into Canada, and found it would be easier to do so from Saskatchewan, rather than from Toronto.

The familiy then moved from Ontario to Saskatchewan to take advantage of the generous Provincial sponsorship/nominee program at the time. It has since tightened up.

At 15, Labbaik has already memorized the entire Qur’an. Making him Hafiz of Qur’an.

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