By Madiha | Guest Blog Post

I met Himy last year at the Jane’s Walk picnic for volunteers and learned many things during our interesting conversation.

When he asked me to share about my experience of fasting, I hesitated because I am not nearly as observant as him nor other guests on this site.

He wanted me to say something anyway and now that I have stumbled upon this website again, I feel compelled to share my experience.
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Between Storytelling and Surveillance

This morning, in preparing to possibly begin blogging something in the 30 MORE category leading up to Hajj 2013, a working Research Paper popped up…

Sangita Shresthova, Ph. D.

And, there’s a one line mention of 30Masjids ( WooHoo! ) on page 69:
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Welcome to Ramadan Get Prepared

“For me, this Ramadan, was one of reflection of the past”

By Mona Rahman (@naeema_mnr) | Kingston, Ontario

The first night of Taraweeh prayers, I looked around the packed masjid and missed those whom I had spent Ramadan with growing up.  We have all scattered around the land, the continent, and even the world.

Being an academic town, housing Queen’s University, RMC and St. Lawrence College, we also had a partially transient community growing up, hosting students from all over the world, many of whom had gone back to their home countries.

This year, we also lost a few of our senior generation i.e. the Uncles and Aunties.


Growing up, we didn’t have a masjid per se; our activities were held at various places in Kingston, mainly at the Queen’s University campus.

We looked forward to potluck iftars on Saturdays on campus at the International Centre, as well as daily Taraweeh prayers, also held on campus.

Alhamdulillah, we always seemed to have been blessed with at least one person who was Hafiz-ul-Qur’an who could lead the prayers.

One year, there were three brothers who rotated through the month.

As the community grew and expanded into the suburbs, a second jama’a was held at someone’s house in addition to the one held on campus.  We were a close-knit community of several families, who truly felt like an extended family.

After Ramadan, ‘Eid Salah was held at a bigger room on campus and there was yet another potluck Eid dinner to look forward to or picnic, depending on the season.  Picnic season also meant dessert at the farm of one of our community members or dessert at pony rides!


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Anwar Sajad in Hospital

“They’re just nice people,”

“They’ve always got the neighbourhood kids over there. They are the kind of people you want for neighbours.”

Barb Hughes, she lives two doors down from The Sajad Family

During the First Ten Days of Ramadan, on Tuesday July 16 2013, Hamilton Taxi Driver Anwar Sajad picked up two men and one woman at a grocery store at Upper Paradise and Mohawk Road.

After driving them to an address on Limeridge Road West, Anwar Sajad was savagely beaten.
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For this year’s Eid al Fitr, the Muslim Association of Canada has arranged for this sign on the front lawn of Old City Hall, Toronto.

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01 - Ibrahim Jam-E Mosque - 778 King Street East - Hamilton Ontario - Wednesday August 7 2013
This Isha prayer was originally intended to be performed in the Downtown Hamilton Mosque, but when I learned during Iftar that another Masjid was only blocks away, I had to take the opportunity to visit.

The first Isha after the end of the month of Ramadan was just such an opportunity.
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01 - Passing ISNA Canada Headquarters, as seen from GO Transit Bus on QEW, en route to Hamilton - Wednesday August 7 2013

02 - August 8 dim sum sushi, Restaurant in Strip Mall, Hamilton Ontario - Wednesday August 7 2013

03 - Hamilton Downtown Mosque at 96 Wilson Street - Wednesday August 7 2013
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If you don’t try and fail, you won’t really learn anything. And if you don’t even try, you won’t even fail.

Says Ziyaad Mia (@Give_30), Creator and Project Co-ordinator of the Give 30 Campaign.

Today, 30 Masjids met Give 30 on Day 30 of Ramadan 2013
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To The Brother sitting beside me who asked me to email him a copy of this video as he saw me recording it: I gave you the URL to this website instead and promised I would post the video today. InshAllah, I trust you found this website and this little acknowledgement of your request. Eid Mubarak!
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Aasiya Hussain of Ecohesian in Canada's backyard - Tuesday August 6 2013

The following is a quick rambling mash-up somewhere in-between an interview, my questions, Aasiya’s answers, and our overall conversation. Aasiya and I met for a few minutes during her afternoon break, where she works in Toronto as an Outdoor Professional…
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Imam Ali (AS) Masjid, 1606 Walkley Road, Ottawa - Sunday August 4 2013

Having prayed Dhuhr in the Ottawa Islamic Centre, I began walking towards the South Keys neighbourhood in Ottawa South towards Assalam Muslim Association.

En route, I spotted the Imam Ali (AS) Masjid.
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01 - Ottawa Islamic Centre, Assalam Mosque, 2335 St Laurent, Ottawa - Saturday August 3 2013

One of the casualties of Some Masjids following visual Moonsighting to determine the Ramadan Calendar Month, and others going by astronomical calculations, is that I forgot it was Layla tul Qadr.. for me. While it was still the night of the 26th for everyone else!

Nobody’s perfect, Alhumdulillah…

I got in Isha, Taraweeh minus two rakats of eight, and almost all of Tahajjud. Somewhere in there I went to Timmies, and tweeted some pics of Iftar, which now makes up the previous blog post.

The battery’s almost dead on my netbook as I type this sitting outside a Starbucks in South Keys Shopping Centre in Ottawa South. Rain drops keep spitting on my keyboard.

IF I CAN, InshAllah, I will update this blog post with proper captions and explanations of the images presented. For now, here’s what last night looked like at the Ottawa Islamic Centre also known as Assalam Mosque.
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