@ Been wanting to include @ during this year's @ GTA Ramadan tour. Friday evening good or is Tonight better?
@HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD
@ @ Tonight better... 8 pm mawlid, then Iftar, lesson, then Isha/Tarawih...
@FarazRabbani
Faraz Rabbani
@ InshAllah, will make best effort to be at @ for Asr and stay til the end. #30Masjids
@HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD
@ note that @ is a learning centre, not a formal mosque -- not open for all prayers... Will open around 7.30 tonight
@FarazRabbani
Faraz Rabbani

 

It’s Tuesday. Day 5.

I’ve ended up breaking fast in one masjid and praying Isha plus Taraweeh in another.

My intention was to break fast and stay for the full Taraweeh prayers in one of the Regent Park Masjids which didn’t work out back on Day 1.

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After an hour of unrushed cycling, I am in front of Masjid Al-Qalam, Al-Qalam Islamic Community Center in North York.

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Masjid Al Jannah, The Sri Lanka Islamic Foundation of Ontario (@SLIFO_CA).

They are located at 2201 Ellesmere Road, immediately east of Markham Road in Scarborough.

This masjid was on my list to visit as I had heard about it but had yet to visit it.

All it took were a few tweets back and forth with Hifaz Mahusoon (@hifaz_m) and this became the first Scarborough stop for 30 Masjids this year.

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Cycling along Queen Street West.

A number of stop lights ago, I passed Hamza Masjid in Parkdale. Hamza is where I broke fast last year on Day 2 in Ramadan 2011.

Reaching Roncesvalles Avenue, which many consider the border between Parkdale and High Park neighbourhoods, the light is red. It’s the first one encountered on this bike ride. Standing at the corner, a Buddhist Monk also waits for the light to change.

Many Tibetans make Parkdale their home. It’s not unusual to see them. Nevertheless, sighting a Buddhist Monk is taken as a good omen of tonight’s intention is to break fast with The Sufis…. Read the rest of this entry »

A Muslim nerd is excited for the new Dark Knight movie–but it releases on the first night of Ramadan.

a 30 Days Ramadan production
www.30daysramadan.com

featuring Aman Ali (& his mom)
directed by Musa Syeed
shot by Omar Mullick

This video is a Co‐Production of 30 Mosques, LLC and Independent Television Service, Inc. (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Day 2 Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre

It is very late. Asr time is quickly evaporating. I will not be able to make Iftar at the original Masjid I planned upon.

I bike over to Omar Bin Khattab Masjid. Pray Asr.

Volunteers are active in beginning preparations for the first of Ramadan. One can feel the frenetic energy within the primary prayer hall. Part of me wants to park my butt here and stay until sunset.

Yet I already blogged about this Masjid last year I keep thinking.

With so many masjids in Toronto, not breaking fast in an unblogged masjid is a lost opportunity.

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@ can u do masjid al Jannah in Scarborough? It was opened 2 years ago and this is the 3rd taraweh year?
@hifaz_m
Hifaz Mahusoon
@ InshAllah, Yes. Which day is best? Are Iftars everyday? Can we meet there so you can teach me about its congregation and history?
@30masjids
HiMY SYeD
@ I would prefer a Friday, sat or sun if possible.. yes we offer ifthar... and we can definitely meet and give you some history
@hifaz_m
Hifaz Mahusoon
@ Okay, Tomorrow then. Sunday July 22, InshAllah meet you in Masjid al Jannah (@) after 7 p.m. Asr. -- http://t.co/r8sn3uyy
@30masjids
HiMY SYeD
@ @ sounds good... just have to run it by the admin brothers and will confirm tonight after iaha inshallah... should be OK.
@hifaz_m
Hifaz Mahusoon
@ @ just to confirm we will meet tom after asr at masjid al Jannah inshallah...
@hifaz_m
Hifaz Mahusoon
RT @: @ just to confirm we will meet [ today ] after asr at masjid al Jannah inshallah... // InshAllah, Yes. #30Days
@30masjids
HiMY SYeD
@ @ are you at the masjid today? I am here in the space behind the main hall
@hifaz_m
Hifaz Mahusoon

 

Brother Tantawy updates the congregation of Ramadan programs in Masjid Toronto before the Imam arrives to deliver the First of the Three scheduled Friday Sermons, July 20 2012

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First Taraweeh

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Bismillah . . .

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30 Masjids 2012

@ Ramadan Mubarak Himy! Will you be doing your 30 Mosques in 30 Days adventure this year?
@HibaqG
Hibaq G
@ Ramadan Kareem! InshAllah YES. 30Masjids, GTA, again. Intention was to be ready before Ramadan, aw well. 🙂 First post later today.
@HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD
@ The beauty of Islam is that you get rewarded for your intention. Good luck. I look forward to reading your posts 🙂
@HibaqG
Hibaq G

#Ramadan Moonsighting has begun. #Australia first to report . . . #Philippines second . . . http://t.co/jwDVNEys
@HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD

 

Moonsighting.com:

Not Seen: HiMY SYeD (MCW member) from Toronto Ontario reported: On Thursday July 19 2012, after praying Maghrib at Masjid Toronto in Downtown Toronto, I quickly walked one block south to Toronto City Hall. Once there I walked up the ramp to the Green Roof of City Hall to get a less obstructed view of the western horizon. It had been overcast for the better part of the day. The evening was no different. The western sky was almost completely still filled with clouds. Nevertheless, I searched the few clear spots in the cloud cover for about ten minutes. No moon was sighted.

After Maghrib/Sunset Prayers but before Iftar Dinner, searched for New Moon. No luck. #Ramadan #Toronto http://t.co/OJQIywte
@HiMYSYeD
HiMY SYeD