After praying Fajr in Masjid Zakariya, I biked down Sheppard Avenue and headed west along Kingston Road.

The sun had yet to rise as I arrived at number 4640.

I hadn’t passed by nor visited Masjid Omar Farooq since last year’s 30 Masjids tour.

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WHAT IF… There was a masjid inside or on the edge of Canada’s Newest National Urban Park?

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Last year #30Masjids visited the Niagara Falls Masjid & Islamic School. Today, we're en route to St Catharines to learn rest of the story.
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HiMY SYeD

 

Sabah al Khair, Good Morning !

Sitting in an over air-conditioned Tim Horton’s on Geneva Street in St Catharines Ontario at 2 a.m.

Last night, just down the street at 117 Geneva, enjoyed the hospitality of the St Catharines Muslim Community, and am grateful to everyone for making me feel welcome. A special thanks to the brothers who have already been following 30Masjids and recognized me immediately.

A full long read story about Day 16 is forthcoming, InshAllah.

For now, here are the few tweets and twitpics…

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First Ten Days is a collection of 33 photographs which will provide you a flavour of the First Ten Days of Ramadan 2012 from Masjids across Toronto.

This is our second collection.

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ALMOST HERE!! The @ #Ramadan #30in30 tour goes international as they break Iftar at ISNA Canada HQ tonight! #30masjids #30Days
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HiMY SYeD
@ and I will be holding a talk with the youth group at ISNA Canada at 6pm. Big thanks to @ for setting things up!
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Husain Abdullah

The Abdullah Brothers just arrived at ISNA CANADA, 2200 South Sheridan Way, Mississauga.

We just prayed Asr, and they are about to address the youth. Here are the first photographs…

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Wondering which Masjid in Toronto I should bike towards for Fajr? In Malvern, Scarborough right now... #30Days #Ramadan #Toronto
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HiMY SYeD
Masjid Zakariya, 11140 Sheppard Ave East, beside Rouge Park Scarborough. #30Days #30Masjids #Ramadan http://t.co/O58stnoM
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By Zoheb Kherada, Scarborough

This is a briliant idea by HiMY to enable us to report our Ramadan experience at one platform.

Ramadan in Toronto has been quite different than in Mumbai.

In Mumbai there are lot many people and food is available on the streets whereas in Toronto its more disciplined and despite the fact that the fast duration (summer) is 1.5 times than in Mumbai, it feels easier to keep roza here due to the fantastic facilities this city has to offer.

Will write in detail later.

Zoheb Kherada

So @ is doing a @ review in Toronto. One of the masjid's reviewed was Masjid Qurtabah. Though I halal pat his back for (1)
his efforts,I find @ 's this particular masjid Q review lacking. It doesn't necessarily outline the masjid itself (2) @

Day 9Masjid QurtabahNorth American Muslim Foundation

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Day 11Masjid Zakariya

 

 

Bismillah…

Introducing 30Masjids BIG Photoblog !

 

 

First Collection is Turkish Tiles.

Inspired by the response to Boston.com’s BIG PICTURE Ramadan Series each year, we’ll continue posting our Ramadan Collections until Eid al Fitr.

The intention is also share Muslim Stories in BIG Photographs after Ramadan as an ongoing open submission photoblog the rest of the year.

Forgive the rough edges, there are many.

Our next collection will be posted as soon as possible, titled “The First Ten Days”

Ramadan Mubarak!

HiMY SYeD

 

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It’s almost time to break the fast.

Islamic Foundation of Toronto or Nugget Mosque  hosts Iftars for locals everyday.

Sundays hosts a wider invitation towards the general Muslim population for Iftar.

It’s Sunday Night…

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It’s early Sunday Morning. Day 10.

Actually, it’s very early Sunday Morning.

Exiting Masjid Huzaifah after Taraweeh prayers, I decide to stay in Scarborough and make my way to the Tim Horton’s across from Nugget Mosque, nickname for The Islamic Foundation of Toronto.

Foundation, (its other nickname) occupies the south west corner of Nugget Avenue and Markham Road, one block north of Sheppard Avenue East.

Year round during the day, Dome and Minaret are a Scarborough Landmark.

During Ramadan nights, they both become impossible to miss.

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30Masjids made the front page of the GTA Section in The Toronto Star.

Many thanks to Toronto Star Reporter Noor Javed (@njaved).

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. . . having left Masjid Qurtabah at 10:18 p.m. as the Muezzin was in the middle of performing Adhan Al Isha, the Night Call to Prayer, I have travelled on bike 12 minutes and am arriving in front of Jame Masjid Huzaifah.

As I begin slowing down, the Muezzin here is in the middle perform his Adhan Al Isha. Huzaifah begins praying at 10:30 p.m.

It is as if nothing was lost. I hadn’t skipped a beat.

I lock my bike to the only spot that is ready available, the sign in front of the Masjid.

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Masjid Qurtabah is located in back of North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF) at 4140 Finch Avenue East in the Agincourt area of Scarborough. One enters it through a side entrance.

Today is Day 9 of Ramadan 2012. The second big Saturday. Every Masjid Iftar location will be hopping in hosting their BIG Community Iftar.

This is the weekend many organizations double down and host speakers or make it a fundraising event addressing a captive audience between Asr and Maghrib before Iftar.

Tonight, NAMF hosts a Lecture titled  Countering Islamophobia in Canada.  That title more than anything else is what drew me here.

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