Ramadan is a month of sharing, and many of us are blessed to have something to break our fast with after a long day. The hunger we feel when we fast helps us realize the countless blessings that God has given us. It also reminds us of the struggles that are faced by many in our community.

Vancouver Madinah will be sharing iftar with the residents of the Downtown Eastide (DTES) community on June 8th. This gathering will be a great opportunity for the homeless to experience Ramadan with Muslims in the community and learn about why is it that we fast.

We will be serving food inside the DTES Neighbourhood House and also distributing them to others at the nearby Oppenheimer Park. As such, we require volunteers to make this event successful. Let’s not miss this chance to put a smile on the face of those who need it most!

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Security Camera Video of thief who stole my netbook and backpack while we were praying Fajr on Sunday Morning.

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( Behind in blogging…
InshAllah will update this story and add missing ones, soon.
— HiMY. )

 

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الْمُؤْمِنُ الْقَوِىُّ خَيْرٌ وَأَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِ الضَّعِيفِ وَفِى كُلٍّ خَيْرٌ

“A strong believer is better and Allah loves him more than a weak believer”

My last minute possibility of travelling to Duncan from Vancouver to break fast and pray Maghrib, Isha and Taraweeh didn’t work out.

Subhallah, the Imam leading this small Muslim Community on Vancouver Island, Shaikh Zoheir Tahar (@ZoheirTahar), is Youtubing each night’s Taraweeh Prayers.

In lieu of a proper 30 Masjids visit to Duncan this Ramadan, I’m posting the above video of Night 9 Taraweeh Prayers inside Duncan Musallah.

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I began this week on Monday by breaking fast with the MSA at UBC, immediately west of Vancouver.

I end the week tonight by breaking fast the Muslim Students’ Association at Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus, east of Vancouver.

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CBC Vancouver’s Jason D’Souza spoke with Nada Elmasry, a 26 year old Muslim woman living in Vancouver.

‘It gets worse when you’re not just a Muslim; you’re a woman, you’re visibly Muslim, possibly you’re an immigrant’

– Nada Elmasry

She shares some of experience of being both a woman and a Muslim, while addressing a number of important misconceptions, all in under 8 minutes.

‘Once you know a person — once you actually know them face-to-face — you know them at a personal level. It becomes harder for us to believe those negative stories that we hear all the time on TV.’

– Nada Elmasry

First Friday of Ramadan 2017 finds me taking it easy and attending Ajyal Islamic Centre which is the closest Jumah Location from my place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

It’s early enough that I can join the first row, before it becomes the second row later on, due to everyone squeezing to allow as many fellow worshippers as possible.

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Another Ramadan. Another Musalah without an official name. This time in Downtown Vancouver.

Last year, during our New Brunswick Leg of 30 Masjids Canada, during Day 10 and Night 11 of Ramadan 2016, I prayed in a new Musalah in Saint John. It was created for then newly arrived Syrian Refugees in easing the experience of their first Ramadan in Canada.

The then new Masjid was at 370 Somerset Street in Saint John was so new, it didn’t yet have an official name.

On the very last day of Ramadan 2016, I prayed Dhuhr, the mid-day prayer, in Downtown Vancouver on the ground floor in a small cozy prayer space accessed via the alley behind 888 Granville Street, a few metres north off Smithe Street.

During Ramadan however, Iftar, Maghrib, Isha and Taraweeh are found upstairs…

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Tonight takes us into South Vancouver and the Fraserview neighbourhood.

And south of here used to be an important village of The Musqueam People, the original First Nation whose Unceded Territory this part of the city occupies.

Fraser Street is rich with multi-cultural shops and restaurants. On either side of Fraser are ethnically-mixed residential blocks, lots of them. These are the low-density Single Family Homes that make up so much of the news nowadays due to the housing crisis.

In that mix, is a basement prayer space that can easily be missed, even as you walk by and are looking for it.

Fraserview Muslim Community Services is located at 6436 Fraser Street.

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