AsalamAlayKum, Peace and e-Greetings be Upon You!
2013 was the third year for 30 Masjids in 30 Days in the GTA. Praise be to God-Alone, it was 30 Masjids in 30 Days around Ontario, Canada as we went around The Province.
2014 was back home in Toronto on a sort-of rest and catch-up year visiting a few stories we didn’t get to, but had wanted to. Also posted different kinds of stories, it was all go with the flow!
2015 found me, HiMY, in Toronto yet still with the 30 Masjids itch to scratch…
2015: There are Masjids and Islamic Centres I never did get around to writing about; people I had wished to interview; a lot more for the “30 More” section; and maybe a road trip or two to a distant Muslim Community to see how they do Ramadan. That in short, should be 30 Masjids this Ramadan 2015. …InshAllah!
2016: 30 Masjids finally completed the longed for Trans Canada Ramadan Journey! Begun in St. John’s, Newfoundland, we concluded in Vancouver, British Columbia. Alhumdulillah.
2017: Still up for grabs… perhaps visiting and breaking fast in every masjid around Metro Vancouver during this Ramadan?
Originally inspired by Aman Ali (@amanali) and Bassam Tariq (@curry_crayola)’s 2009 Ramadan trek around New York City. 2011 was their third year, and the second time, Aman and Bassam travelled to 30 states in 30 days during Ramadan. Please follow their Journey : 30mosques.com.
Ramadan is the month of fasting.
Muslims fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days depending on calculation and/or visual moonsighting. In 2011 the lunar month of Ramadan happened to correspond to the month of August. One solar year later, the lunar month began 11 days earlier on Thursday night, July 19 2012
There are hundreds of thousands of Muslims in The Greater Toronto Area, and over 100 masjids.
HiMY hoped to do this in Toronto in 2010, but was busy running for elected office during Ramadan 2010.
During his high school years, first from his bedroom using an answering machine, then later on using voice-mail, HiMY operated Toronto’s first “Dial-A-Muslim-Story” telephone Line sharing 1 to 3 minute recorded stories for Muslim Children.
At its peak, Dial-A-Muslim-Story received upwards of 10,000 phone calls per month.
He attended the American Islamic College in Chicago, studying Interest-Free Banking and Islamic Finance.
For the past two decades, numerous Islamic Banks around the world have sought out his advice on structuring Islamic Finance Contracts.
Locally, he advises North American Islamic Financial Institutions in adhering to the Canadian Tax Code.
SYeD is a former Executive Director of the CMCLA, the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association.
HiMY learned of the 30Mosques project during its first year tumblr-blogging Ramadan in New York City area Masjids.
Inspired by the New York City 30Mosques project, during past Ramadans in Ontario, HiMY has biked, hiked, used Greyhound, and the Train to reach Masjids and Islamic Centres around Toronto, and around the Province.
For Ramadan 2016, HiMY travelled all across Canada from Newfoundland to British Columbia, breaking his fast with many diverse congregations.
All while blogging daily Ramadan reports on his 30Masjids.ca website.
In doing so, he has learned that the Wider Muslim Community still has much to learn when it comes to Sustainability, The Environment, and what it means to be a Green Muslim.