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05 - MSA - UNBSJ - Muslim Students Association - University or New Brunswick Saint John - Wednesday June 15 2016

The Muslim Students’ Association of University of New Brunswick Saint John has a prayer space available for Muslim Faculty, Students, and wider community.

Abid Saeed Sheikh, is former Faculty. A Professor of English, at times Professor Sheikh delivered the Friday Sermon on Campus in this prayer room.

It’s located inside Saint John College.

He drove us over then gave me a tour.

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Abid Saeed Sheikh is a Founding Member of Muslim Association of New Brunswick in Saint John.

01 - [CLOSED] - Musalla Uptown Saint John - 213 Charlotte Street - Saint John, New Brunswick

Uptown Musalla Saint John at 213 Charlotte Street in Saint John, New Brunswick IS CLOSED. The Musalla has relocated to 370 Somerset Street in North End, Saint John.

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The Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Moncton has use of a basement room on campus at 18 Antoine Maillet Avenue.

It is a very reasonable sized prayer room, or Musallah, with a section for sisters as well. For what I could see, both brothers and sisters make use of the single sink to perform their wudu, the physical washing required before Prayer.

Being the first one here, there was plenty of time to sit and reflect.

From indentures of fingers left in the carpet during previous prayers, it was easy to confirm the Qiblah, the direction facing Makkah, was simply facing the wall on the left of the entrance.

Boxes of dates and remainders of sliced watermelons suggest a hearty Iftar was had here only a few hours ago.

Almost all the signage is in French. That is as it should be, since this is a French Language University.

The majority of the Muslim Students enrolled here are from The Maghreb, the North and West African countries which were at one time, French Speaking colonies.

A number of Maghrebi cultural practices are present in the Prayer Room.

The clothing rack has a number of the very long single shirts hanging on them. As worshippers trickled in ahead of the Dawn Fajr prayer time, a few of the brothers each took one to wear during the prayer.

This is similar to Indo-Pakistani congregations where one may find a basket or box of Prayer Caps by the entrance of the Main Prayer Halls. In the Hanafi School of Thought, it is encouraged to wear skull caps during the Five Daily Prayers.

It being Fajr and a very early start to this day’s Fast, no sisters turned up for Dawn Prayers.

About 18 brothers eventually would arrive for Fajr.

The prayer itself was unrushed and last about 10 minutes.

Many brothers head back to their dorm rooms almost immediately after we concluded Fajr prayers.

Easy to tell everyone is very tired.

I had wanted to speak to some of them to learn more about Ramadan on Campus, but the brother who offered me his apartment to catch some proper rest needs to start his work day, and is waiting for me, and it’s time to go.

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Omair and HiMY inside Masjid Dar As-Salam, Charlottletown, PEI 20160612_210916

Guest Blog Post By Omair Imtiaz | Charlottetown, PEI

As Salam Alaykum wa Rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuhu

Such a pleasure to have our well travelled Br. Himy join us at Masjid Dar As Salam here in Canada’s smallest province.

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First and oldest Muslim Cemetery in the Maritime Provinces of Canada is found on Bible Hill, just outside Truro, Nova Scotia.

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02 - Al-Batool Islamic Society - Bedford, Nova Scotia - Early Sunday June 12 2016

Al-Batool Islamic Society is located in the Rockingham area of the Bedford Highway at number 249 Bedford Highway in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Passing by overnight en route to Fajr Dawn Prayers at Halifax’s newest Masjid, Al-Barakah, I snapped a couple of photographs.

It’s on the same highway Al-Rasoul Islamic Society is on, but on the Halifax side of municipal boundary line.

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01 - Al-Rasoul Islamic Society - Bedford, Nova Scotia - Saturday June 11 2016

“Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

— Jane Jacobs

Al-Rasoul Islamic Society in Bedford, Nova Scotia serves about 100 local Muslim families from a Former Fire Station converted into a Masjid.

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“The Imam of Azhar, Sheikh Hani, has Ijazah in The 10 Different Ways of Recitation and The 4 Variant Ones too.

“His speciality is the Qur’an.

“Sheikh Hani has won many awards, including the King’s Award in Saudi Arabia and a raft of other places.

“CID’s resident Imam, Sheikh Ahmed, also a Graduate of Ahzar (in Shariah) has Ijazah to teach Qur’an.

“Both are hufaz of high quality and both have documented sanad ( chain up to the Messenger of Allah ( s.a.w).”

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