Day 17 – Masjid-El-Noor – 277 Scott Road

 

 

It’s said there’s never a taxi cab, or a cop, around when you need one.

In Toronto, that’s likely true when trying to hail a Taxi at least five times a day.

As for the Police?

Somehow cops magically appear around masjids looking to make quota and ticket illegally parked cars or cabs at least five times a day.

Parking. Praying. Ticketing. Towing.

It’s all a kind of game.

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Tonight is my annual Ramadan pilgrimage to South Etobicoke.

Every Ramadan, it’s worthwhile making the effort to pencil in at least one night of Tarawih prayer in this masjid. The Bosnian Islamic Centre is at 75 Birmingham Street. It was previously known as the Croatian Islamic Centre.

This year, for 30 Masjids, I arrived before the sun had set, intending to pray my late afternoon Asr Prayer as well as Isha and Tarawih, with Iftar and Maghrib inbetween.

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The First Qur’an Festival continues TODAY in the Ontario Science Centre.

Located at 770 Don Mills Road. The Qur’an Festival is on until 8 p.m. tonight, Sunday August 14 2011. Admission is FREE.

For those who aren’t able to make it in person, you will be able to get a sense of the festival in the video above. Because time is short, it was hurriedly edited. Hence, a very rough cut. Please forgive the poor editing job.

30 Masjids has taken an afternoon detour inbetween blogging Iftars, Masjids, and Tarawih. We’re still behind in posting, InshAllah, we’ll be back to posting on time by Monday. Because this is happening THIS WEEKEND, it was important to blog this NOW! Please try to pop by and see and experience The Qur’an Festival in person.

— HiMY SYeD

The First Qur’an Festival is happening this weekend at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.

A number of Muslim artists are showing Qur’an related art works. There is the expected Calligraphy, but there are also abstract pieces, as well mixed media.

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Across from Lahore Tikka House, a Gerrard Street Landmark, a new place has opened up.

There’s a HUGE Iftar/Sahur banner above the entrance. It’s in the style you’d find all over the Indian subcontinent during Ramadan, but this may be a first for Toronto, at least that I’ve seen.

While snapping a few photos, a young brother goes down some stairs, and the distant echoes of Qur’an being recited fill the Gerrard Street Air.

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Alhumdulillah, Praise be to God-Alone. After one or two or three days worth of intentions, my Ramadan wish to Iftar in Fatih Mosque would finally be fulfilled.

This masjid is within comfortable walking distance south from what the local Business Improvement Area markets as the Gerrard Indian Bazaar. Everyone else calls it Little India. For those in the know, it’s Gerrard Street.

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By Jasmine Amoh (@amajas)

I’m really excited to be guest blogging for 30masjids!! Ever since I read the first post at the start of Ramadan, I eagerly await the new daily post to learn about the various masjids in my city.

Born in Toronto, I come from a family of mixed heritage; Ghanaian and Lebanese. A Christian father and a Muslim mother. Neither faith was really ever discussed in my household growing up, so at age 16, I started studying Islam for myself, and instantly knew this was the direction that I had to take.

I heard about the brothers in the U.S. who blogged about their experiences last Ramadan, visiting a different masjid throughout the month, and was delighted to find out that this initiative was also being done right here in Toronto by Himy Syed. Based on this idea, I’d like to share one experience of mine.

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If you want to see Double Eye Tee, Islamic Institute of Toronto, find where the sidewalk ends . . .

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behind schedule

Between blogging and fasting, 30 Masjids is behind in daily postings.

Upcoming are Islamic Institute of Toronto, Fatih Mosque, and the Bosnian Islamic Centre.

InshAllah, we’ll catch up.

We may also have our first guest blog entry by a sister later this week.

Want to share your experience in breaking fast? Guest bloggers are welcome, please leave a reply below and we’ll connect.

HiMY

It’s Juma. Friday. The weekly congregational day of prayer for Muslims. Feeling the itch to join a larger than usual size Juma prayer, finds me heading to North York, home to TARIC Islamic Centre.

It’s at 99 Beverly Hills Drive. 99 is also the number of different names for God Alone mentioned in The Qur’an.

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The Rockwell Masjid. Bond Street Masjid. Ryerson Campus Masjid. Sheikh Deedat Centre. Downtown Mosque. Whatever you want to call it, this little masjid is convenient.

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Yonge Street. It’s believed to be the longest street in the world. Every city has a street like this. The main drag, the main north-south thoroughfare. The dividing line between east and west.

After weeks of humidity and sunshine, it was finally raining in the city, all day. Approaching maghrib time, a light mist remained suspended in the air. I decided for a second day to forgo breaking fast at the Rhodes Avenue masjid in the East End with its longer and wetter bike ride to reach it.

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Parkdale. A last minute change in plans to make an iftar, any iftar on time within quick biking distance meant the storefront masjid in Parkdale was my best option. All day, I had intended to bike over to the masjid on Rhodes Avenue south of Gerrard Indian Bazaar in the east end. That’s now on the to-Iftar list.

Parkdale is one of my childhood neighbourhoods. It’s always been a crazy mix of wealthy homeowners, outpatients from the Queen Street Mental Health Centre (literally on the other side of the tracks), small business people trying all sorts of things to make a buck, and a weigh station for immigrants before they migrated to other neighbourhoods. Some decide Parkdale is good enough and they never leave. More recently, hipsters, and the cool factor have somehow invaded and become part of the mix.

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Jami Mosque. This Islamic Centre of Toronto.

The Mother Mosque (Ommul-Masajid) in the Greater Toronto Area. Located at 56 Boustead Avenue between Roncesvalles Village and High Park in Toronto’s west end.

Throughout the 70s, 80s, and even for a time into the 90s, this was the first and largest masjid Muslims would encounter when visiting or living in Toronto.

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