Night 1 – Masjid Toronto at Adelaide

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide front entrance Monday July 8 2013

Masjid Toronto. At Adelaide. At 84 1/2 Adelaide Street East in fact.

This is Toronto’s newest Masjid. It’s been in the works for two years. This Ramadan all that planning, fundraising, and programming will bear fruit.

Masjid Toronto at Adelaide is located across the street from St James Park. The same park which became semi-famous for being the location of Occupy Toronto.

It is a few minute’s stroll east of the Financial District. Thus it is very convenient for the countless number of Muslims who work in the Downtown Core.

In lieu of stained glass, this second downtown location managed by MAC, the Muslim Association of Canada, welcomes worshipers and greets guests with the same Decorative Privacy Film dreamed up by Apex Window Films found on Masjid Toronto‘s windows over on Dundas Street West.

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide lining up for Isha Monday July 8 2013

I arrived a few minutes before the scheduled time for Isha prayers.

The number of worshipers on this first night of Ramadan 2013 were few. The Greater Toronto Area is experiencing a wicked storm and flooding on this night. Power is out for hundreds of thousands and commuters are still stranded on public transit at the same time as we are praying. The storm likely has kept people away tonight.

Perhaps three sisters at most are behind the newly crafted wooden barriers at the far end from me. Maybe 30 or so brothers line up beside me to pray.

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide beautifully crafted wooden divider on wheels Monday July 8 2013

The brand new beautifully carved wooden dividers are see through and on wheels(!).

These partitions are very easy to move, allowing for flexible space requirements by Sisters who elsewhere end up being stuck behind a fixed partition wall.

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide eastern front wall design Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide faux Mihrab and Mimbar Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide mimbar and hanging wall television Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide north east corner of prayer hall Monday July 8 2013

If there is a design motif that can be summed up in one word about Masjid Toronto at Adelaide, it’s this:

Wood.

Wood is found everywhere within this new Masjid. It almost gives one a sense of being in one’s own home.

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide Qur'an bookshelf Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide south east corner of prayer hall point of view Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide beautiful crafted wooden divider Monday July 8 2013

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide beautifully crafted wooden divider Monday July 8 2013

For the month of Ramadan, Masjid Toronto at Adelaide will NOT serve Iftar Dinner, that’s still happening over at 168 Dundas Street West every evening.

Adelaide will however have plenty of dates and water available at Sunset each night with which to break the daily fast.

After Isha, tag-team Taraweeh took place over 8 long rakats from 11 p.m. to just before midnight. I was so tired on this first night of Ramadan 2013, I think I dozed off a moment or two while standing in the prayer line! I will however adjust and get used to these late summer night Taraweeh prayers.

Meanwhile Muslims in Toronto’s Financial District have already gotten used to Toronto’s Newest Masjid.

Masjid Toronto at Adelaide.

Night 1 - Masjid Toronto at Adelaide outdoor awning sign Monday July 8 2013


Comments on: "Night 1 – Masjid Toronto at Adelaide" (9)

  1. Assalamu ‘alaykum! Greetings from Montreal. I’m really glad you’re still doing your blog this year, while the 30 Mosques duo seem to have wrapped up theirs. Thanks for the interesting post, and I’m looking forward to 29 more.

    • WalayKumSalam Br Rashed,

      Thank you for following the blog so far.

      InshAllah, Montreal is penciled in for a story or two once we are out and around Ottawa later this Ramadan. Playing it by ear this year, but InshAllah, we’ll see about visiting your town. :-)

  2. Salamz from united kingdom. Is this the same blog as bassams blog 30mosques.com which has been goin on for last few years. This year i cant find that their blog has been updated

  3. Great blog.
    What has your experience been as a part of the muslim community in Toronto? I moved here a short while ago and was really disappointed how little care and effort was shown towards vulnerable Muslims.

  4. Is there no intro or about us page?

  5. Glad to hear you’re planning a visit to Montreal. Do get in touch through my FB page (linked through my name) if you’d like any suggestions or if you want to meet up and share an iftar.

    BTW, one place I’d recommend that you visit in Southern Ontario is Peterborough. My wife and I were received there warmly when we attended Friday prayer there once back in 2005. Here’s their website (BTW, they’re doing iftars every weeknight this year): http://www.kmra.org/index.html