Our masjid is re-opening with a limit of 100 people per prayer.

It is important to keep the following points in mind

1. Salah/Jumuah Registration is required
2. Bring your own mask and wear it at all times
3. Wudu must be completed at home as washrooms will be closed
4. Children and high risk groups must pray at home
5. Prayers and khutbahs will be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes
6. 2 metre physical distancing must be maintained at all times
7. You must show proof of registration
8. Prayers will be held outdoors
9. Bring your own chairs if required
10. No socializing, handshaking, or hugging
11. Bring your own prayer mat to use
12. No Sunnah or Nafl prayers at the masjid
13. Safety check station will be at the entrace

Disclaimed: While the safety of the community if of utmost priority, there is still some risk present with visiting the masjid.

Each individual bears the responsibility for their own actions and the masjid will not be held liable for any complications arising from your visit to the masjid.

By the grace of Allah we will be holding two outdoor Jumu’ah prayers in a limited and controlled manner on Friday, June 12.

As you aware aware, COVID-19 remains a serious health risk and we need to do our part to minimize the spread of the virus.”

“Check Islam.ca for all updates regarding this Friday’s khutbah and prayer!

– Join our Town Hall at 7:00 PM today
– Perform a Self Assessment for COVID-19
– Register for one of two Jumu’ah sessions at 8:00 PM
– Stay online for our Hadith Notes Session at 8:00 PM
– Take precautions and join us on Friday
– If you cannot attend, join us online for the Khutbah at 1:30 and 2:30 PM”

https://www.facebook.com/IslamicInstituteOfToronto/posts/1948945438573552

Important Update:

Due to a last-minute directive by the Provincial Authorities, we are not allowed to pray outdoors and therefore the prayers will now be held indoors. We are still trying to understand the rationale of this directive; however we will comply and require all worshippers to comply with all rules and restrictions.

Alhamdulillah we have the capacity to accommodate this change, so all plans and restrictions will remain the same.

– Only registered participants will be admitted
– Must wear masks at all times
– Must bring your own prayer rug
– Hand Sanitization station will be available
– keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres
– Cleaning will be done between the two prayers
– Doors will be kept open to minimize touching of surfaces
– All worshippers must leave the facilities immediately after the Fard prayer

Let us pray to Allah for patience and success.

*********

Limited Reopening for Friday Prayers June 12th

– Outdoor Jumu’ah: 1:30 & 2:30 pm
Livestream will continue for those who cannot attend)
– Join our Town Hall meeting this evening at 7:00 PM for additional details)

By the grace of Allah we will be holding two outdoor Jumu’ah prayers in a limited and controlled manner on Friday, June 12 following the Government of Ontario’s allowance for places of worship to have a maximum of 30% capacity.

As you aware aware, COVID-19 remains a serious health risk and we need to do our part to minimize the spread of the virus. As a result we are re-opening in a gradual manner with a lower than 30% capacity to minimize risk.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In order to attend you must first complete Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment

(register for self assessment here – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ )

If your assessment is clear, you can then register for one of the two prayer sessions below.

Registration will commence at 8:00 PM today. Registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jumah-registration-108941852012

• First prayer: Khutbah at 1:30 pm; Khateeb Shaikh Musleh Khan
• Second prayer: Khutbah at 2:30 pm; Khateeb Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick

Each prayer is limited to 100 registered participants (50 brothers & 50 sisters).

Social distancing and other rules will be strictly observed as follows:

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDEES

1. Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment
2. Register yourself and each additional individual separately
3. Print out or save a copy of your registration on your phone. You will NOT be allowed to enter the prayer area without proof of registration
4. Make wudhu at home as washroom facilities will NOT be available
5. Wear a mask at all times and bring a prayer rug for one (no sharing allowed); no tarps will be spread on the ground so you may want to bring plastic to spread under your prayer rug to avoid soiling it.
6. Enter the facilities from the South gate (main gate) and proceed to park as directed.
7. Maintain a safe social distance (2 metres) at all times; place your prayer rug only at a marked spot as directed. Please bring your own chair if you require one.
8. Follow the directions of our volunteers at all times
9. Give salaams and gestures from a safe distance; do not congregate to socialize with others.
10. Disperse right after the Fard prayer by exiting from the North Gate as directed. You can perform your sunnah prayers at home.

Please dress according to the weather, and bring an umbrella, sunglasses and reusable shoe-bags.

Young children, frail seniors and those with pre-existing medical conditions are advised not to attend.”

“Please read and follow guidelines in the image below.

We will need your Cooperation with Patience.

To attend Jumu’ah Salat, please register at http://skcentre.eventbrite.ca.

Registration will begin on Thursday June 11 at 12pm Noon.

SAYEDA KHADIJA CENTRE HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY ENTRY/SERVICE TO ANY CONGREGANT AT ANY TIME FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

Friday June 12 2020 – Jumu’ah Registration

Friday 1:30 p.m – 1:50 p.m EDT

Friday 2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m EDT

Friday 3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. EDT

Friday 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

Sayeda Khadija Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

 

Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau Clarification Regarding Eid al-Fitr 2020 Announcement

Shawwal 10 1441/June 1st, 2020

All praise is for Allah Almighty.

May the peace and blessing be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, the faithful companions, and all those who follow them.

Dear Community Members.

Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

We are confident that this communiqué reaches you all in the finest of well-being and Iman insha-Allah.

The intent of this message is to clarify with the community the subject of Eid al-Fitr 2020/1441 and the decision of the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau to announce the Eid al-Fitr celebrations for Saturday 23, May 2020.

BACKGROUND

To support the growing population of Muslims in the Ottawa/Gatineau region, a need was identified by the local Imams representing the major Masajid that they should come together to support the social and religious matters of the community.

With the continued growth of the diverse community base, the need to unify the community through a formal Imams Council became increasingly critical.

At first,

a more urgent task was to accommodate various schools of thought for the purpose of achieving higher objectives and gain mutual trust.

This unity could further prove beneficial to manage the declaration of the main Islamic dates such as the beginning and end of Ramadan, Dhul Hijjah, and the two Eids.

Therefore,

with the intention of maintaining harmony and unison within our community and prioritizing the consideration of higher objectives of the Shari’a the Imams Council of Ottawa adopted the Global moonsighting process for determining the dates for the Islamic months.

By adopting the Global moonsighting position,

it became easier to accept reports of the new crescent from anywhere across the world.

This position made it simpler to harmonize various viewpoints so as to easily allow the members of our community to observe major Islamic dates together on the same day.

The Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau recognizes that there are various views on determining the Islamic months which are all acceptable from the point of Islamic jurisprudence;

however,

the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau felt that a perspective which unites all opinions was needed for the unity of our community, especially regarding the beginning of the months of Ramadan, Dhul Hijjah and the two Eids.

We strongly believe that this is easily achievable through the Global sighting viewpoint.

Hence the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau, while utilizing science, astronomical data and moon visibility maps, but also prioritizing testimony (shahadah) over astronomy (hisab), accept the testimony and declarations from any reliable Muslim organization, moon sighting committee, or Islamic judiciary council of any Muslim country that has declared the sighting of the first moon (hilal).

CONTEXT OF HOW EID AL-FITR 2020 WAS DECIDED

Keeping the above in mind,

on the evening of Friday 22, May 2020 (29th Ramadan 1441) the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau received credible reports from Mauritania which met the Global moonsighting criteria that the Imams Council of Ottawa/Gatineau follows for moonsighting.

As such,

the announcement for Eid al-Fitr was made.

The moon for Shawwal was sighted in 9 different regions throughout Mauritania by approximately 40 people.

One of the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau members is from Mauritania and verified this information,

and therefore the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau made a collective decision that Saturday 23, May 2020 was Eid al-Fitr.

It is also worthwhile to note in addition to the above there were moonsighting reports from several countries including Somalia, Senegal, Niger, Mali, Chad, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Ethiopia, Gambia, Tanzania, Hawaii, and even Arizona USA.

The possibility of the birth and sighting of the hilal after sunset on Friday 22, May 2020 in some of these regions, in particular, Honolulu Hawaii, and Phoenix Arizona USA was consistent to astronomical calculations and was also verified by the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Based on these reports many institutions throughout Canada also celebrated Eid al-Fitr on Saturday 23, May 2020 such as:

1. Islamic Foundation of Toronto
2. Masjid Al-Farooq Islamic Center– Mississauga
3. Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre – Mississauga
4. Abu Huraira Center – Toronto
5. Thunder Bay Islamic Center – Thunder Bay
6. Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque – Toronto
7. Masjid Al-Salam – Brampton
8. Al-Abrar Centre – Aurora
9. All major Masajid and Islamic Centers in Nova Scotia

Having said that,

the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau appeals to all community members to practice patience, forbearance, and tolerance, and to refrain from all avenues that lead to divisions, disunity, discord, and the fragmentation of the community.

We must respect, tolerate, and love each other.

In conclusion,

The Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau would like to reiterate that it is trying its utmost best to serve the community and its interests first and foremost.

Thus,

it is important to have faith in the decisions the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau makes on behalf of the community.

Your kind dua’s are requested so that Allah may continue to allow us to serve the Muslim community.

May Allah accept our efforts and endeavors as moonsighting is also an act of worship (Ibadah).

We are extremely grateful for your understanding and continued support.

We also appreciate the input and encouragement we have received from the community, and ask Allah to guide us to that which is best.

Moving forward,

the Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau is considering further considerations and improvements to the moonsighting criteria while upholding unity on this important matter.

The Council of Imams of Ottawa-Gatineau (CIOG)

Signed by the Council members (in alphabetical order):

Imam Ahmed Limame – The Outaouais Islamic Centre
Imam Anver Malam – Jami Omar
Imam Ismail Al-Batnuni – AMA (Masjid Al-Rahmah)
Imam Mohammad Badat – Masjid Bilal
Imam Muhammad Suliaman – OMA
Imam Mohsen El-Nadi – SNMC
Imam Owais Tilly – Jami Omar
Imam Samy Metwally – ISG
Imam Sikander Hashmi – KMA
Imam Zijad Delic – SNMC

This video was produced by Brother Abdullatif in Vancouver.

He recorded during Ramadan 2018.

He edited and released at the end of Ramadan 2020.

What took Br. Abdullatif so long?

Like many of us, if not all us everywhere, we have a backlog of good works we neglected and did not finish.

The pandemic lockdown has suddenly freed up vast amounts of time to complete those unfinished good works and release them now.

Alhumdulillah.

This is wonderful timelapse video which begins on a Skytrain Platform and continues inside Ajyal Islamic Centre in Downtown Vancouver.

  • Iftar, the breaking of the fast
  • Salat Al Maghrib, the Prayer after Sunset
  • Serving of Iftar Dinner

All are time lapsed while The Call to Prayer after Sunset is made by Kurdish Brother Muhammad.

MashAllah.

 

During Ramadan 2018 I blogged about Ajyal Islamic Centre twice . . .

 

 

Islamic Society of North America organized a Drive-Thru Eid in Mississauga

ਨੌਰਥ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੀ ਇਸਲਾਮਿਕ ਸੋਸਾਇਟੀ ਨੇ ਮਹਾਂਮਾਰੀ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਈਦ ਮਨਾਓਣ ਦਿਆਂ ਰਸਮਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਵਾਂ ਰੰਗ ਢੰਗ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤਾ। ਓਨਾਂ ਮਿਸਿਸਾਗਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਡਰਾਇਵ ਥਰੂ ਜ਼ਰਿਏ ਮਨਾਈ ਈਦ।

“Eid Celebrations featured on Omni Television

🎉🙏Our community and service is being talked about in many languages and share by OMNI Television far and wide.

Join us in extending a HUGE thanks to our extended community in Canada for joining us on Eid day.

We look forward to welcoming you in all our future events 👏👏

Thank you OMNI Television for coming out and making our day even more special!

(OMNI Television is a Canadian television system and specialty channel owned by the Rogers Media subsidiary of Rogers Communications)”

 

Drive Thru Eid celebrations by ISNA

Islamic Society of North America organised a Drive-Thru Eid in Mississauga ਨੌਰਥ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੀ ਇਸਲਾਮਿਕ ਸੋਸਾਇਟੀ ਨੇ ਮਹਾਂਮਾਰੀ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਈਦ ਮਨਾਓਣ ਦਿਆਂ ਰਸਮਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਨਵਾਂ ਰੰਗ ਢੰਗ ਦੇ ਦਿੱਤਾ। ਓਨਾਂ ਮਿਸਿਸਾਗਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਡਰਾਇਵ ਥਰੂ ਜ਼ਰਿਏ ਮਨਾਈ ਈਦ।

Posted by Omni Focus Punjabi on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

 

“Mr. Speaker,

I rise in these extraordinary times to share with you the experience of Muslim Canadians this Eid.

Muslim Canadians just observed Ramadan – and what a Ramadan it was.

At a time where usually families and friends gather for food or prayer,

unprecedented adjustments had to be made.

What was heartwarming Mr. Speaker,

is even when many adopted new ways to uphold their religious and social customs,

people didn’t forget their obligations to each other.

Muslim organizations stepped up to help their fellow neighbour.

Mosques and groups like the

and countless others mobilized volunteers and donors to offer support to vulnerable Canadians.

Today,

Muslim Canadians are celebrating Eid with pride and optimism.

Whether we celebrated Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi, Eid or any other special occasion,

Canadians displayed a strong sense of unity.

Regardless of our background,

we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

We will get through this pandemic together.”

— Omar Alghabra

Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre

Members’ Statements
House of Commons
Parliament of Canada, Ottawa

Monday May 26 2020

COVID Eid

I rose in Parliament today to recognize the excellent work done by Muslim Canadian groups during Ramadan & Eid in the midst of a pandemic. Thank you for making our country better for all

Posted by Omar Alghabra on Monday, May 25, 2020

 

Significance of celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr

Multicultural ਧਰਤੀ ਤੇ ਆਪਾ ਸਾਰੇ ਮਿਲ ਜੁਲ ਕੇ ਈਦ ਦਾ ਤਿਉਹਾਰ ਮਨਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਾਂ। ਸਾਂਝੀਵਾਲਤਾ ਦੀ ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਕੀ ਮਿਸਾਲ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ ਕਿ – ਅੱਜ ਇਸ ਮੁਸ਼ਕਿਲ ਦੀ ਘੜੀ ਵਿਚ ਸਭ ਇਕ ਦੂਸਰੇ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਖੜੇ ਨੇ – ਇਹ ਸਮਾਂ ਔਖਾ ਜਰੂਰ ਹੈ, ਪਰ ਆਪਾ ਸਭ ਈਦ ਦੀਆਂ ਖੁਸ਼ੀਆਂ ਹਮੇਸ਼ਾਂ ਦੀ ਤਰ੍ਹਾ ਹੀ ਵੰਡਾਗੇ

Kids celebrate Eid their own way amid covid19

ਬੱਚਿਆਂ ਅੰਦਰ ਈਦ ਲਈ ਖ਼ਾਸ ਖਿੱਚ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ। ਈਦੀ ਦਾ ਬੇਸਬਰੀ ਨਾਲ ਇੰਤਜ਼ਾਰ ਕਰਨਾ, ਦੋਸਤਾਂ ਰਿਸ਼ਤੇਦਾਰਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਰੌਣਕਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਸ਼ਾਮਲ ਹੋਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਇਸ ਮੌਕੇ ਲਈ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ ਲਿਬਾਸ ਵਿਚ ਚਹਿਕਣਨੂੰ ਉਹ ਬੇਕਰਾਰ ਰਹਿਣਾ। ਇਸ ਵਾਰ ਦੀ ਈਦ ਆਮ ਵਰਗੀ ਨਹੀਂ – ਪਰ ਫਿਰ ਵੀ ਬੱਚੇ ਈਦ ਦੀਆਂ ਤਿਆਰੀਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਰੁੱਝੇ ਰਹੇ।