CANADA | Day 6 – Iftar – Al-Rasoul Islamic Society – 1247 Bedford Highway – Bedford, Nova Scotia

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“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

— Jane Jacobs

Al-Rasoul Islamic Society in Bedford, Nova Scotia serves about 100 local Muslim families from a Former Fire Station converted into a Masjid.


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The only major renovation required was removing the Several Garage Doors on the front of the building which Fire Trucks used to exit from, and install a regular wall with windows to match the rest of the building.

They have been here about five years.

Before that, they rented a peculiar non-shipping-container modular strip mall kind of unit. They had space for about 100 men and women, yet they outgrew that.

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Before making the use of the Modular Unit as a rental Musallah, a local Muslim businessman in Bedford began community organizing by inviting people to pray in his office space.

That was 25 years ago.

Today, they have a Masjid which used to be a Fire Hall.

The Former Fire Station closed for a number of years ago, when they moved down the street into a shared facility with the Bedford Police.

A-Rasoul Islamic Society approached the City about the unused building and were able to purchase it with the support of the previous Mayor.

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Between the time of Asr and Maghrib, a resident scholar gives a short lecture in English.

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They have a mixed congregation of Shia and a some Sunnis, making this a bit of a SuShi Masjid.

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Iftar and Adhan-Al Maghrib, Call to The Sunset Prayer, is 15 minutes later here than in other Masjids.

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Maghrib is prayed and immediately followed by praying Isha in Congregration.

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Al-Rasoul provides Daily Iftar throughout Ramadan.

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Lasagna. Salad. Humous. Lentil Soup. Watermelon. Black tea.

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All the above, then, Iftar Dinner is served. Chicken with goat meat and ladyfingers.

Two Words.

Food Coma.

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In lieu of the optional congregation Night Prayers, Taraweeh, after Iftar, the congregation either chats and catches up with friends, or listens to a Dua, supplication, being recited from the front of the prayer space.

It’s helpful to have the Dua in Arabic with english captioning projected onto the screens at the front.

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Afterwards, the local scholar holds a Question and Answer session open to everyone.

I ask why Iftar and Maghrib is 15 minutes later than other congregations?

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Almost midnight.

Q&A has ended. Time to close up the Fire Hall.

In this case, this House of Worship, Al-Rasoul Islamic Society helps puts out the Hell-Fire which may envelope us in The Afterlife.

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Annually during Ramadan, there is one Saturday evening when the Premier of Nova Scotia, The Mayor of Halifax, and local Leaders from business, come and join the Al-Rasoul in their Breaking of the Fast.

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Alas, I was here one week too early. The Big Annual Iftar Celebration with the dignitaries happens here next Saturday Evening, June 18 2016.

Everyone is invited.

INTERFAITH2016


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