Night 1 – Isha – Taraweeh – Ajyal Islamic Centre – 181 Keefer Place – Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territory, British Columbia, Canada

Ajyal Islamic Centre is in Downtown Vancouver.

Ajyal is walking distance from my place in the Downtown Eastside and has become my “home” Masjid.

It’s a Musallah, a leased prayer space in the International Village Complex at 181 Keefer Place, Unit 202.

For this first night of Ramadan, before the First Day of Fasting begins, it was perhaps inevitable that I would begin my Taraweeh Prayers with the Congregation I spend the most time with.

That, and the fact I ran out of time returning to downtown from Burnaby Mountain after going there for Ramadan Moonsighting… with Ajyal’s Moonsighting Group, so they were “my ride” too!

Ajyal will provide Free Iftars for everyone to break their fast followed by Iftar Dinner everyday.

Around 11 p.m., a very short overview of some of the Verses of The Qur’an which will be read during the Taraweeh will be shared.

Isha will begin at 11:20 p.m and Taraweeh starts right at 11:30 p.m.

They pray 8 Rakats (units) of Prayer for Taraweeh. It’s Tag-Team Taraweeh as you may hear from the videos below.

They won’t be reading the entire Qur’an over the entire month due to time constraints. Instead, Ajyal Taraweeh Leaders will start reciting each of the 30th Parts of the Qur’an (the Juz) and see how far they can get to. The rest of the part, people are encouraged to complete reading on their own at home.

Each Sunday Morning, there will also be a short Islamic Education session before Sahoor, the pre-dawn meal, which will be provided.

During the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan, Ajyal will also provide pre-dawn Sahoor in addition to the earlier Iftar Dinners. So, you could stay overnight from Sunset til Sunrise and you’re good to go.

Ajyal is steps away from the Chinatown-Skytrain Station. Muslims from all over Metro Vancouver do pray here.

Because the Skytrain stops running about 12:30 a.m., Ajyal will conclude Witr Prayer by 12:15 a.m., leaving enough of a margin to make the train if need be.


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