Imam Dr. Slimi from Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga was the Jumah Qhutbah I chose to livestream on Fifth and Final Friday of Ramadan 2020.

Islamic Foundation of Toronto

Islamic Institute of Toronto

Posted by Abubakar Mulla on Friday, May 22, 2020


ISK – Islamic Society of Kingston ( Ontario )

Al Nadwah Islamic Centre – Richmond Hill, Ontario

Jame Masjid Mississauga

Ali Islamic Mission – 52 – 6625 Kitimat Road, Mississauga

Winnipeg, Manitoba

EPIC, Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qhadhi

“We will completing the recitation of the Qur’an on our livestream Taraweeh tonight, at 11:15 PM.

The recitation will end with dua khatm al-Qur’an.

Join us in your cars at the MNN parking lot on this blessed 29th night and tune into the dua at

Limited social distancing spots so it is first come, first serve.

CBC Toronto Radio One

Here and Now Toronto with Gill Deacon



Abdul Ghani Basith and Nathika Rahumathulla on working on the frontlines while fasting for Ramadan


“There are only a few days left of Ramadan.

For the past four weeks, Muslims here and around the world have been fasting to mark the holy month.

This year has been unusual to say the least for many families observing the month without the company of their community…

But for those working on the frontlines who are fasting for 14 hours a day – well, they say the experience has served up some surprises.

Dr. Abdul Ghani Basith is an Emergency Room Doctor at Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Nathika Rahumathulla is a registered nurse in the same ER.”

Guest Blog Post by Shehna Javeed M. Ed. ( @shehnaTO )

It has been a spiritual Ramadan.

It is now the last week of Ramadan.

And I am feeling spiritually stronger.

I have read many articles about the sadness that this Ramadan will bring due to lack of community gatherings, mosque prayers, live inspiring lectures, hugging our fellow faith followers, sharing of food, communal iftaars (breaking fast) and cupcake bake sales at mosque .

Yes, like everyone, with an aging mother, I am worried and anxious about the pandemic that has the jugular vein of humanity in its grip.

But while many are lamenting the social isolation, I have to admit that I am enjoying my hibernation in Ramadan.

It has given me time to reflect, meditate, and enjoy an opportune closeness with my family — a time that seems to have been lost in our hustle and bustle of daily living.

Prayer mats to pray together as a family

Prayer mats to pray together as a family

In my family, when I was growing up, as the pre-teen of new immigrants parents to Canada, Ramadan was not as big a deal for us, as it was for many other muslim teenagers and families around me.

In our new immigrant family, things seem to carry on as usual because parents were working three jobs between the two of them and trying to settle into Canadian living.

Not a lot of samosas and other deep fried savoury treats were part of our iftaars, and not much changed in our normal routine.

At times, family was not at the iftaar table with work commitments and so I was getting my own snack.

This does not mean that my family did not value the spirituality of Ramadan — we did.

But we were not a family that made a big deal about…anything.

I started fasting in the heat of May- June summers in high school as a teenager- and yes it was warm in May back then.

In my group of 5 close friends we were a diverse bunch — there were two of us who were South Asian and Muslim while my other buddies included a West Indian friend who was a mix of East Indian and Chinese, a Korean friend and a a friend of Vietnamese background.

The two of us fasted but we all sat in the cafeteria together with the aroma of french fries and vinegar, or as it was cool to do in summer months, we all sat outside in the football field of the school, with many of our schoolmates around us in small clusters like we were huddling and speaking secrets to each other.

Some students would removing the upper layers of clothing to tan in the sun’s heat in tank tops and shorts or just to look a little more sexy for the opposite sex, as we all basked in the sun in the 45 minutes lunch break.


Photo by Zwaddi on Unsplash

I wanted to show that the heat did not affect me, but it did — it dehydrated me so when I got home after school, I would have a headache but I persisted because I wanted to fast and I also wanted to be cool by sitting in the sun at lunch time, like all my peers.

Some days, when I had exams I chose not to fast, and there was complete freedom for me from my parents to practice my faith to the best of my abilities.

After all, faith has to come from the heart, and not by compulsion of any sort.

Sweet and aromatic drink made out of syrup , water & milk with basil seeds, watermelon in plate

Sweet and aromatic drink made out of syrup , water & milk with basil seeds, watermelon in plate

The fact that Ramadan was not a big deal at home bothered me.

So, I knew I would do things differently when I had my own family.

And indeed we did.

With my partner and our two boys, we ensured that we created our own traditions.

Often one ends up mimicking the traditions of our parents or culture.

I had a clean slate to start from so we did what worked for us.

Boys liked cheese rotis — warming a pre-packaged roti on a frying pan with a speck of butter, and then generously drizzling cheese on it when it is warm, and adding another roti on top and then very skillfully flipping the two when the rotis are semi-stuck with melted cheese — a cheese quesadilla of rotis for suhoor, the morning meal before fasting.

This cheese roti with some baked chicken, or mince meat curry, or perhaps a vegetable omelette as an alternative were our common breakfast items.

The boys would also choose to have a small bowl of cereal or perhaps a banana.

Iftaar included lots of watermelon, mangoes and other fruits, with the traditional dates and Roohafzah drink — a soothing sweet pink drink of ½ milk and ½ water with an aroma of rose water.

This is the only time of year that we make this drink.

I baked cupcakes, made banana crepes, chips, savory chick peas, finely chopped fruits salad with salt and pepper and garnished with lemon juice.

Dinners included traditional biryani, or lasagna or chicken soup and pasta, or beef stew, depending on what struck our fancy.

I enjoyed my time with my boys during this month as we did learning activities and reflected on lessons of the Quran together.

We would go to the local mosque for lectures and community iftaars every Saturday and this was spiritually rejuvenating.

We attended iftaars when invited to friends homes, or attended iftaar fundraisers with powerful speakers by relief organizations who pump up their efforts in Ramadan to get people to contribute their Zakat — obligatory charity upon muslims which is often shared in Ramadan, as a way of feeding the hungry and destitute around the world.

vegetable and chicken soup and crackers

vegetable and chicken soup and crackers

As time went on the boys grew up into young men with their own busy schedules.

And things were not the same.

Sometimes there would be late evening classes at University so we would not all be together for Iftaar or dinner.

Then they had activities with their friends or the University student associations so they would be gone on some evenings to now start to make their own traditions.

Two years ago, one of them moved out to be closer to school.

So, last Ramadan we only saw him on the weekends.

Last Ramadan, our younger son was elated (and we were proud) to be selected for a research internship in the United States and so he left us on the 10th of Ramadan to be on his own for the rest of the summer.

I was sad last Ramadan.

It was only my husband and I and at times my mother who would have a simple iftaar of dates and water.

Even making the pink drink that I loved so much seemed like an unnecessary chore.

dates, dal wada (like a falafel) strawberry and watermelon

dates, dal wada (like a falafel) strawberry and watermelon

While many want to undo the starting of 2020 with plane crashes, escalating global tensions, gun violence, hate crime and a pandemic, Ramadan 2020 has been satisfying in my home.

I have both my boys back for Ramadan.

Social isolation and online University classes has brought them both back home.

We are eating together and praying together.

My husband has discovered Youtube cooking so I am getting pakoras & samosas for iftaar, although not part of my tradition, it has found a welcoming space on my dining table, while one of my sons dices and slices fruits beautifully and prepares iftaar.

Hubby is making unique desi (traditional South Asian) desserts while I make the meals.

my space for prayer in my living room

my space for prayer in my living room

With mosque closures,

I have had time to focus on the absolutely amazing plethora of online lectures and Quran tafseers (detailed understanding) by powerful speakers who would normally have been busy in their own communities.

Sitting in the company of these leaders and academics in my own living room has been spiritually expansive.

I am proud to be part of the City of Toronto that has given permission to allow the Maghrib Adhan (call to prayer) to be heard outside the mosque due to mosque closures as a result of the pandemic, and although I do not live in an area where I can hear it, I can hear it on twitter.

So hugging my children who are bigger and taller than me, seeing them at the table at suhoor and iftaar, and not taking the time to be concerned about what I will wear to an iftaar party, or feel the pressure of making food to share with neighbours (due to social distancing) in order to impress them, I am taking the time to reflect in the quiet seclusion of the floor of my living room, on my prayer mat with hands to the sky, praying for healthcare workers and all essential workers, my family, and for this disease to end, but focusing on how I can be better as a mother, as a daughter and a human being…and that is really what Ramadan is all about.


Written by

Shehna Javeed M. Ed.

Shehna is a higher education administrator and a 2019 TEDx speaker.

She has published articles with NACADA and presented at professional conferences


Do you see people for who they are | Shehna Javeed | TEDxUTSC

“Shehna Javeed is a life-long learner.

She is a higher education professional who works at the University of Toronto Scarborough as an academic & learning strategist.

For Shehna,

visibility and invisibility are impacted by intersectionality of race, culture, gender, socio-economic status and personal experiences.

She will reflect on her settlement experience as it intertwines with the stories of 3 UTSC students.

She will engage us on how we can do better to help others who are different from us.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”

“Beautiful sunrise over lake ontario with downtown Toronto skyline.

Taken after fajr today (after 27th night) May 20, 2020”

“In my opinion, the sunrise looked similar to every other day. Very bright.

I do not think there was a distinction between yesterday and today.

For all who do not know:

The sunrise after the night of laylat al qadr rises differently than any other day of the year.

It is said that there are enough angels on earth that they blot out the sun’s rays.

The sunrise is distinctive to the naked eye, and as far as I know, there is no scientific reasoning for this.

Very interesting.”

Beautiful orange sunrise this morning , Laylat ul Qadr 2020 27th Ramadan 1441

video capture in . saudi arabia , thialand

🌕 – 27th of #Ramadan Laylatul Qadr!

A sound report from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) indicates that the sign of LaylatAl Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays.

May Allah accept from us

That was in Ottawa, Ontario

These are from Winnipeg, Manitoba

27th sunrise in central Canada

“It [Laylatul Qadr] is a shining night, neither hot nor cold, and in the morning next to it the sun rises red with no rays.”

[Ibn Khuzaymah]

Allah knows best.

We should keep maximizing our efforts,
as there are still a few nights left.

May Allah accept our worship and prayers.

Sunrise after the 27th night of Ramadan, 1441


Drive Thru Suhoor at Isna Canada

Posted by ISNA Canada on Tuesday, May 19, 2020



Drive thru Suhoor Fundraiser

Posted by ISNA Canada on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Drive Thru Suhoor Part 2

Posted by ISNA Canada on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Drive Thru Suhoor part 3

Posted by ISNA Canada on Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Live Public Maghrib Adhan in Surrey, British Columbia.

Tonight’s Adhan Al Maghrib, Call to The Prayer after Sunset,

Surrey Jamea Masjid

Monday May 18 2020

The Muezzin was Hammadullah Qazi.

After The Muezzin called “Hayya Alasalah”  (come to the prayer),

He included “Al Salat Fi Beyootikum”  (pray at home).

This was the first of five Public Adhans at Maghrib Sunset Time,

To be broadcast via loudspeaker in this final week of Ramadan 2020.

“Asalamualaykum WRB,

As the Adhaan will be broadcast for five days but there will be no gathering inside the Masjid.

Please respect the decisions of management and follow the proper social distancing protocols.

JazakAllah Khair,

Surrey Jamea Masjid

Live Public Maghrib Adhan By Hammadullah Qazi |Surrey Jamea Masjid | (May 18th 2020)

Live Public Maghrib Adhan By Hammadullah Qazi |Surrey Jamea Masjid | (May 18th 2020)

Posted by Surrey Jamea Masjid on Monday, May 18, 2020

Essence of Ramadan | World Iftar Day Live Stream

Essence of Ramadan | World Iftar Day Live Stream

Join us from 7:30 PM to 9 PM to hear from special guest speakers#WorldIftarDay #WorldIftarDay2020

Posted by World Iftar Day on Monday, May 18, 2020


World Iftar Day 2020 – Montages . . .

Kids Hour| World Iftar Day


Posted by Shaykh Afdal Feroz – Abdullah Academy on Monday, May 18, 2020