“Recently,

Local authorities in the Toronto area allowed mosques to broadcast the call to prayer during Ramadan.

This gave comfort to Muslims who,

Because of the Corona Virus Lockdown,

Are deprived of the chance to attend mosque during Ramadan.

But others protested against this allowance.

Are their objections justified ?

Dr. Shabir Ally shares his opinion.”

May 11, 2020

A Message from the Mayor

“Ramadan has and always will be a very blessed and active month for our Muslim community. That’s why I’m very pleased that City of Vancouver staff have been able to work with Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver to broadcast the Adhaan—the Muslim Call to prayer—daily at sunset and coinciding with the opening of fasting for remaining days of Ramadan 2020.

Since measures to contain COVID-19 began, daily prayers and gatherings at the Historic Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver, British Columbia’s first Mosque, have been suspended along with all other faith communities.

Broadcasting the call of the Adhaan gives our friends and neighbours in the Muslim community, and all communities, faith that the time will come soon when we can all gather at our chosen public places together once again.

I have had occasion to attend Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver soon after I took office as Mayor in the aftermath of the New Zealand Christchurch shooting. The gathering of all faiths under the roof of this Mosque gave peace, hope and inspiration to all those who attended and is emblematic of the place our Mosque has in the fabric of what makes Vancouver a special place to live.

I would also like to acknowledge the pioneering humanitarian contributions of Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver, the Ramadan Spirit Food drive initiative and the ongoing work of the Muslim Care Centre that provides, even in the midst of this pandemic, several hundred meals daily year round outside its location at 140 Hastings Street as well as support services to the community there.

We join everyone in our City and around the world in certainty that with our collective faith, discipline and unity that we will emerge from this crisis in safety and health with stronger bonds of faith and friendship.

Wishing our Muslim Community Ramadan Mubarak!”

Sincerely,
Mayor Kennedy Stewart

Posted by Haroon Khan on Monday, May 11, 2020

“CBC Coverage of Public Adhaan @ Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver- thanks to Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, City Council & Staff, Harman and Nadia Jannif of CBC, PCA President Shaukat Khan, Director Waqas Chaudhry, Ali Sajed of Muslim Care Centre & our volunteers for all their hard work in making this happen.

Love to all ❤️🙏🏼❤️”

Haroon Khan

Posted by Pakistan Canada Association (PCA) on Monday, May 11, 2020

Posted by Pakistan Canada Association (PCA) on Monday, May 11, 2020

 

Virtual Ramadan

Pre-Iftar Zoom Call hosted by Urz Heer and Shaikh Omar Subedar

Monday May 11 2020

https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1gqxvElkeynJB

 

Posted by Haroon Khan on Monday, May 11, 2020

 

“CBC Coverage of Public Adhaan @ Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver

Thanks to

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart,
City Council & Staff,
Harman and Nadia Jannif of CBC,
PCA President Shaukat Khan,
Director Waqas Chaudhry,
Ali Sajed of Muslim Care Centre
& our volunteers for all their hard work in making this happen.

Love to all ❤️🙏🏼❤️”

Haroon Khan

May 11, 2020

A Message from the Mayor

“Ramadan has and always will be a very blessed and active month for our Muslim community. That’s why I’m very pleased that City of Vancouver staff have been able to work with Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver to broadcast the Adhaan—the Muslim Call to prayer—daily at sunset and coinciding with the opening of fasting for remaining days of Ramadan 2020.

Since measures to contain COVID-19 began, daily prayers and gatherings at the Historic Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver, British Columbia’s first Mosque, have been suspended along with all other faith communities.

Broadcasting the call of the Adhaan gives our friends and neighbours in the Muslim community, and all communities, faith that the time will come soon when we can all gather at our chosen public places together once again.

I have had occasion to attend Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver soon after I took office as Mayor in the aftermath of the New Zealand Christchurch shooting. The gathering of all faiths under the roof of this Mosque gave peace, hope and inspiration to all those who attended and is emblematic of the place our Mosque has in the fabric of what makes Vancouver a special place to live.

I would also like to acknowledge the pioneering humanitarian contributions of Al Jamia Masjid Vancouver, the Ramadan Spirit Food drive initiative and the ongoing work of the Muslim Care Centre that provides, even in the midst of this pandemic, several hundred meals daily year round outside its location at 140 Hastings Street as well as support services to the community there.

We join everyone in our City and around the world in certainty that with our collective faith, discipline and unity that we will emerge from this crisis in safety and health with stronger bonds of faith and friendship.

Wishing our Muslim Community Ramadan Mubarak!”

Sincerely,
Mayor Kennedy Stewart

 

Malton Masjid apparently has been delivering Sahoor, a pre-dawn meal Muslims eat before each day’s fast begins…


https://givepoint.com/maltonmasjid/ramadan

 

“Alhamdulillah,

This month Malton Masjid collaborated with a local charity organization and we have helped serve Iftar/Suhoor meals across the City.

We would like to send a special message to Samosa Factory (Albion & Hwy 27) for their generous contribution for this noble cause.”

IFTAR CURBSIDE PICKUP & DELIVERY

“Starting Monday, May 11 @ 7:30 pm

By the grace of Allah, starting this Monday, May 11,

We are offering free daily curbside Iftar Pickup at 7:30 pm,

on a first come first served basis.

We are starting with 30 meals on Monday, and will adjust according to demand.

Location: 1168 Bloor Street West, Toronto

We are also arranging local delivery for individuals who are unable to pick up at the Dawah Centre.

To request a delivery,

please call:

Iz: 647-546-8644

Dawah Centre: 647-512-0920″

Curbside pickups are only now being allowed by The Province.

Previously,

we were deliberating about ways to serve the community while also making sure volunteers and community members stay safe.

We didn’t want to do more harm than good by exposing people to crowding.

We erred on the side of caution,

but now that things are opening up a bit we feel more confident about proceeding.”

Our thanks to the donors and volunteers who are making this possible.

May Allah reward you.

If you would like to support this meal distribution project,

Please donate at

https://donate.micharity.com/islamic-information-dawah-centre-international/4071904780/donate?campaign=8

 

May 10 Update:  Alhamdullilah, with your generous support, we have been able to provide 2060 meals and 108 dry and produce baskets in the first two weeks of Ramadan.

The program is running at full capacity as we are experiencing a huge need across the GTA.

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatul’Allahi Wa Barakatuh (Greetings, may peace be upon you),

The blessed month of Ramadan has started.

Usually, it is a time for gathering, prayers, fasting and peace.

Local mosques would prepare and serve fresh halal meals to community members and those who may be in need, daily.

With COVID19 and strict public health measures in place, all mosques have remained closed.

In addition, many of our neighbours and vulnerable populations are following public health orders to stay safe and practice physical distancing.

Frontline workers continue to put it all on the line for our communities health, safety and well being.

With the support from community members and local groups (see partners below),

RamadanMealsTO

is coordinating with the Muslim Community of Downtown Toronto – Omar Bin Khattab to raise money and distribute halal cooked meals and food baskets to those in need.

Update:  Alhamdullilah, in the first week of Ramadan, we have been able to provide 567 meals and 40 food baskets.

The program is running at full capacity as there is a huge need across the GTA.

We need your help.

The more support we receive in donations, the more Ramadan meals and food baskets we can give out.

If you would like to volunteer please email us at ramadanmealsto@gmail.com

If you know any community members who may need this support please direct them to fill out the form here: 

https://forms.gle/pQyZFEEqmNDYSBgU6

If you would like to save on transaction fees, you can also contribute via e-transfer to ramadanmealsto@gmail.com (password: ramadan)

Jazakallah Khairan,

Partners

Regent Park Catering Collective
We have teamed up with the Regent Park Catering Collective to make this happen. The Regent Park Catering Collective is a social enterprise of the Toronto Centre of Learning & Development that serves as a valuable platform to create jobs locally and help residents and newcomers thrive. All members of this collective are certified with Safe Food Handling Certification.

Healing As One

Healing As One is a Downtown space for youth and young adults to create and support initiatives that heal and bring communities together as one. Healing As One has volunteered to support with meal and food basket deliveries across downtown Toronto over the month of Ramadan.

Muslim Welfare Canada The Muslim Welfare Canada is guided by the belief that Service to humanity is service to Allah (God). The organization is committed to serving those in need, irrespective of religion, nationality, caste or creed. In Canada, MWF we are involved in the fight against poverty and homelessness and are focused on providing food, health care services, culturally-sensitive shelter for women, their children and families in distress, and healthy nutrition to our school children and seniors.

Carrott Cache
Carrot Cache is a non-profit organization that supports small projects in Ontario working toward a sustainable and just regional food system. Carrott Cache’s financial support was critical in launching this program”

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Alhamdulillah today with the help of friends, family, and strangers (who all came together) we were able to help feed iftar for 170 underprivileged people throughout downtown and scarborough. Big shoutout to @paramountfinefoodsofficial and @sisterz_sweet_shop for the meals – @khatija_mm for leading the coordination of distributing – @ashi.manjra @aceexboogiee @doodles1212 @araf3 @teedubs32 @mutasimally and Mo Manjra for volunteering in packing and deliveries. Thank you to @masjidobk for partnering with us and letting us help their great intiative. 1 down and inshallah many more to come thanks to your generious donations – thank you to all who have opened their hearts for this great initiative.

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“I filmed this the other day.

Drove down to Madinah Masjid in Toronto to hear the Adhaan (Islamic call to prayer) being played aloud.

It felt surreal.

Due to social distancing we couldn’t go into the masjid but we sat in the car and broke our fast.”

عائشة (@aishathepoet)

Livestream of Public Adhan Al Maghrib, Call to The Prayer after Sunset,

Called by Senior Imam Shaikh Jamal Hammoud, North-East Islamic CenterAkram Jomaa, Calgary.

Live Azan AlMaghreb by our senior Imam Shaikh Jamal Hammoud.

Posted by North-East Islamic Center – Akram Jomaa on Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sam Nammoura Livestreamed the First Ever Public Adhan Al Maghrib, Call to The Prayer After Sunset, at North-East Islamic Center – Akram Jomaa, 2612 37th Avenue NE in Calgary, Alberta.

Some years ago while attending conferences in Calgary,

Brother Sam and I met and learned from one another.

He was most gracious with his hospitality, and generous with his activism.

MashAllah,

Sam livestreamed this first ever Public Adhan at Akram Jomaa, while providing history on the building’s founding and thoughts from those Muslim Calgarians who turned up in the masjid’s parking lot to hear and witness…

رفع آذان المغرب من جامع أكرم جمعة في مدينة كالغري البرتا كندا بإستخدام مكبرات الصوت العلنية لأول مرة في تاريخ هذه المدينه تعاطفا مع المسلمين الكنديين خلال شهر رمضان الذي أتي بظروف قاهرة منعت المصلين الصلاة و العبادة في دور العبادة الإسلامية. Call for Magrib prayer AND the end of Friday May 8 2020 fasting day of Ramadan، publicly Announced in the City of Calgary for the first time ever at 9:11PM.Listen to Shk Jamal Hammoud feedback and beautiful words by Marzouk Souraya the gentlemen who preformed th Adhan today . Big thanks to whomever helped to make this happened. www.facebook.com/samnammoura …..Shk Jamal Hammoud Hatim Zaghloul Samir OmarMarzouk Souraya Omar El-Hajjar Saima Jamal Omar Abbas Abdul Rahman Fayaz Tilly Alaa AlradiAlaa Al DiriNaheed Nenshi Rajan Sawhney George Chahal M.K. Amery

Posted by Sam Nammoura on Friday, May 8, 2020

 


رفع آذان المغرب من جامع أكرم جمعة في مدينة كالغري البرتا كندا بإستخدام مكبرات الصوت العلنية لأول مرة في تاريخ هذه المدينه تعاطفا مع المسلمين الكنديين خلال شهر رمضان الذي أتي بظروف قاهرة منعت المصلين الصلاة و العبادة في دور العبادة الإسلامية.

Call for Maghrib prayer AND the end of Friday May 8 2020 fasting day of Ramadan,

Publicly Announced in the City of Calgary for the first time ever at 9:11 p.m.

Listen to Shaikh Jamal Hammoud feedback and beautiful words by Marzouk Souraya the gentlemen who preformed the Adhan today .

Big thanks to whomever helped to make this happened.”

Sam Nammoura

The Masjid also livestreamed and provides another perspective . . .

Athan Broadcast Live!

Posted by North-East Islamic Center – Akram Jomaa on Friday, May 8, 2020