CANADA | Day 0 – Dhuhr – Muslim Students’ Association – Memorial University – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
CANADA | Night 0 – Fajr – Masjid Al-Noor – 430 Logy Bay Road – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
— HïMY SYeD (@30masjids) June 5, 2016
Many Thanks to Philanthropist, Faisal Kutty (Law Professor at Valparaiso University) for Sponsoring Several Legs of 30 Masjids CANADA Ramadan 2016!
Many Thanks to Philanthropist Faisal Kutty.
— TheMuslimLawyer (@faisalkutty) June 2, 2016
JUMAH | Friday Prayer before Ramadan Starts – Usman Gousi Mosque – 75 Kirkdene Road, Port Union Village – Scarborough, Ontario
Today for Jumah, Friday Congregational Prayers, I found myself with friends observing in Port Union Village, Scarborough.
This eastern most district in Toronto is home to three neighbourhood masjids.
Usman Gousi Mosque is located at 75 Kirkdene Road.
The Reminder is in Urdu. The short, very short sermon is in Arabic.
The school of thought of the worshippers and maintainers of this masjid is South Asian Sufi.
The building is a former neighbourhood Church, which you may glean for the partially painted Cross in the north-facing wall.
AsalamAlayKum, Peace and Greetings be upon each of you.
Ramadan 2016 is a few days away, hours actually, and InshAllah (God-Alone Willing), 30Masjids will be blogging daily stories and updates.
30Masjids began blogging in Ramadan 2011, initially focusing on Muslims in Toronto, their History, Architecture, meeting and Featuring People, breaking the daily fast, and sharing lesser known Canadian stories.
30 Masjids ONTARIO – Ramadan 2013
Ramadan 2013 found us exploring The Province of Ontario, visiting Masjids and Islamic Centres from London to Windsor to Sault St. Marie to North Bay to Ottawa (including a hop over the Quebec Border!) and back to Toronto for Eid.
30 Masjids CANADA – Ramadan 2016 – Newfoundland to British Columbia
- Is there one Muslim Canadian Identity? Or many?
- Do All Muslim Canadians Break Fast The Same Way?
- How do Muslims in Northern Latitudes handle very long summertime fasts?
- 8 Rakats of Taraweeh (Extra Night Prayers), or 20? Coffee, Tea, Red Bull?
- Fort McMurray Muslims… so many stories…
- …and… going with the flow, 10 Canadian Provinces, 30 Masjids, in 30 Days.
To our knowledge, this may be the first-ever 30-Masjids-in-30-Days-during-Ramadan-in-Canada blogging journey….
Then Halifax, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec….
From Montreal, InshAllah, we’ll head west to Thunder Bay in North West Ontario, and then points West.
Before the Forest Fires devasted Fort McMurray, Alberta, I had intended to visit there.
Instead, we’ll spend more time in Edmonton, where many Fort McMurray Muslims had evacuated to.
Already a number of good story leads are from Alberta, InshAllah, we’ll follow up and share those Stories.
The Intention is to end Ramadan 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia and observe Eid-al-Fitr in Vancouver.
This year’s Trans-Canada Ramadan journey is informed by Environics’ recently released Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016.
Much is gleaned from the survey results yet curiosities remain.
InshAllah, we’ll explore and hopefully answers those curiosities, blog post by blog post, day by day, province by province.
There are many locations beyond reach in only one month.
Notably, four Masjids in Canada’s Northern Territories.
Hence, 30 Masjids Canada, will aspire to be a two-year-project, beginning this Ramadan 2016 and concluding next Ramadan 2017.
As always, 30Masjids encourages and welcomes YOUR Stories via Guest Blogging.
30Masjids has always welcomed Guest Bloggers, from around Toronto, and around The World.
If you can help 30 Masjids Canada financially, helping us to complete our journey, the Donate Now button is above.
InshAllah, Your Turn…
If you have story leads, interesting Muslim Canadians to meet, or perhaps wish to invite me to your Iftar, please leave a comment below.
Today’s Reminder is in anticipation of Ramadan 2016 beginning in a few days: The Specialness of Fasting in Ramadan .
30 MORE | DOT16 Doors Open Toronto 2016: Islamic Information & Dawah Centre – Jerrahi Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre – Aga Khan Museum – Ismaili Centre Toronto
Doors Open Toronto is always the Last Weekend in May.
This year, DOT16, offers four very different Islamic or Muslim related locations who are opening their doors welcoming in The General Public:
- Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International
- Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre – Jerrahi Canada
- The Aga Khan Museum
- Ismaili Centre Toronto
The Dawah Centre & Jerrahi Canada, also opened their doors for DOT14:
- 30 MORE | Doors Open Toronto 2014 – Jerrahi Sufi Order of Canada
- 30 MORE | Doors Open Toronto 2014 – Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International
Logistically, if you’re up for visiting all four locations, it makes sense to perhaps do it over two days.
Environics Institute (@Environics_Inst) 2016 Survey of Muslims in Canada
Tonight at @IDIGTA
— HïMY SYeD (@30masjids) May 25, 2016
30 MORE | Video – Dr. Keith Neuman, Results from Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016 – ISNA Canada Convention – Mississauga, Ontario
30 MORE | “Muslim Women and Public Safety” Jane’s Walk: 1 p.m. Saturday May 7 2016 – Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
Jane’s Walk 2016 Festival Weekend is Friday, Saturday, Sunday: May 5, 6, 7.
About this walk in their own words:
“Last fall Torontonians were jolted when it was reported that a Muslim woman was the viciously attacked on her way to pick up her children from school.
Although severe, this incident sparked conversations pertaining to the numerous ways Muslim women experience a lack of safety in public spaces.
Through personal stories and placemaking insights, this walk will uncover the direct and nuanced attacks that Muslim face when navigating their local communities, academic institutions, the legal system and city-building processes.
This participatory walk will invite everyone to consider the ways we can co-create a greater sense of belonging and safety for all women in public spaces.”
Walk Leaders comprise a cross-cultural team of five Women with distinct backgrounds.
If I wasn’t leading my own separate un-related Jane’s Walk elsewhere in the city at that exact time, I’d certainly attend this one.
Their 2 hour Jane’s Walk begins in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall in front of the burger joint on Saturday May 7 2016 at 1 p.m.