Day 25 – Jumah tul Widah – Ottawa Main Mosque – Ottawa Muslim Association | 251 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa

01 - Ottawa Main Mosque, seen from Scott Street, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

The Last Friday of Ramadan 2013.

I could have prayed in any masjid in Ottawa, but I wanted to pray in the Ottawa Main Mosque.

This may no longer be the biggest physical Muslim place of prayer in the Ottawa Region, but it is still the main masjid of the city. It is still Ottawa’s Jami Mosque.

02 - Ottawa Main Mosque, Beside OCTranspo BRT Transitway, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

03 - Ottawa Main Mosque, Beside OCTranspo BRT Transitway, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

04 - Ottawa Main Mosque, Minaret and tip of Dome, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

This was a VERY NICE Surprise…

05 - Bicycle Parking, Bike Rack along south wall, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Bike Parking… in the “Parking” Lot!  MashAllah, our Uncles are learning!

Once inside, I feel at home. The best Itikaaf experience in my life was the one spent in this masjid.

06 - Sunlight through Mihrab and Mimbar, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

07 - Main Prayer Hall, Sunlight through Mihrab and Mimbar, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

It’s something short of 10 a.m. Early to enough to capture some photographs minus the many people who will be arriving within the next few hours.

08 - Quiet Zone Sandwich Board, Front Steps, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Shhhhhhhh! The Neighbours!

09 - Looking up at Sunlight through Dome upon Vhandelier, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

I decided to lie down and rest. Looking up, this is what I see.

There are numerous people in Itikaaf sleeping on the main floor.

They have been bumped upstairs from the basement as that area is being cleaned right now.

10 - Sitting and Reading Qur'an in front of Mimbar, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

After any number of Zzzzzzz’s, regular people are showing up.

I spot the first worshiper to claim a spot in the first line. I take note. I too wish to pray in the first line.

11 - Child running in Main Prayer Hall, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Children are running around faster than I can photograph them.

12 - Vendor reads Qur'an beside his merchandise, before Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

13 - Quiet Zone Sandwich Sign, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Shhhhhhh!

14 - Ottawa Mosque Masjids Ottawa engraved in outside wall stone, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

15 - Ottawa Mosque Donations, Zakat, boxes, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Okay, I really better claim a spot in the first line now.

16 - Misk al-Madinah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

This ithar bottle was on the mimbar. I roll some of it on my suit jacket. I now smell better than I did when I first walked into the Ottawa Main Mosque. The bottle of ithar is from Madinah.

17 - Misk al-Madinah Empty, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

This bottle too is from Madinah.

It has been with me for more than a year plus change. I got it when I performed Umrah back in 2011. Today, it finally ran out.

I have used it every Friday, until today.

…I suppose… I need to visit Madinah and get me a new bottle of Ithar?

😉

InshAllah!

18 - Front Row View of Imam standing on Mimber delivering Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

There is only one person sitting between me and the Mimbar. This is today’s Khateeb about to begin delivering the Jumah Khutbah.

19 - Imam standing for Sunnah Prayers after another person delivered Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

The Regular Imam.

20 - Looking back in the Prayer Hall after Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Looking back after Jumah Prayers.

21 - Khateeb fundraising for Parking Lot improvement money, After Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Fundraising for the Parking Lot. I wonder why? Where is sustainability? How ’bout more bikes?

22 - Khateeb fundraising for Parking Lot improvement money, After Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

What I see in front of me.

23 - Qur'an at bottom of and beside Mimbar, Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

24 - Sacred Geometry, Carved Wooden Design work on wall Mimbar, Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

The main prayer hall after Jumah Prayers.

25 - Prayer Hall after Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

26 - Iqama Times Framed on Wall, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

27 - Prayer Hall after Jumah Khutbah, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Exiting the Front Steps of the Ottawa Main Mosque.

28 - Muslim Basketball Association BBQ Flyer, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

29 - Vending after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Vendors Everywhere.

30 - Vending after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

31 - Front Steps after Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

31 - Vending after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Climbing a tree…

32 - Climbing a Tree after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

33 - Climbing a Tree after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

34 - Climbing a Tree after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

35 - Climbing a Tree after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

36 - Front Steps after Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

37 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

38 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

39 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

40 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Shhhhhhhh….!

41 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

42 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Batman?

43 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Such a festive atmosphere.

Many people linger, smile, chat, hug one another, all that kissing on the cheeks business.

44 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

45 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

46 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

47 - After Jumah Prayers, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

But it is time to leave. I need to decide my next stop.

48 - Rue Scott and Rue Northwestern Street Signs, Ottawa Main Mosque, Jumah Friday August 2 2013

Today is the last Friday of Ramadan.

There are still a few Layla-tul-Qadrs possible nights ahead of us.

I still wonder about going to Montreal for a stop or two. Maybe for this year’s 30Masjids Ontario, Ontario is enough?

 


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