Many Thanks to Philanthropist Faisal Kutty.


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02 - 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.

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Bismillah…

30 masjids Canada map - route - initial

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.

cup of water for break fast station manned by youth islamic foundation of toronto nugget mosque sunday july 29 2012

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.

Photo by Kenneth Armstrong - SOOtoday.com, Sault St Marie, Ontario - Ramadan 2013

(Photo by Kenneth Armstrong – SOOtoday.com, Sault St Marie, Ontario – Ramadan 2013)

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.

InshAllah, 30Masjids will be visiting Masjids all over Canada during this Ramadan 2016.

To our knowledge, this may be the first-ever 30-Masjids-in-30-Days-during-Ramadan-in-Canada blogging journey….

Starting in St. John’s, Nfld. on Sunday June 5 2016 at Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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.

GTA Eid al-Adha, Muslim Association of Canada, Better Living Centre, CNE Exhibition Place, Toronto Ontario Canada, Friday October 26 2012 -  panoramic

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.

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Ramadan 2017


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.

Guest Blogging


As always, 30Masjids encourages and welcomes YOUR Stories via Guest Blogging.

30Masjids has always welcomed Guest Bloggers, from around Toronto, and around The World.

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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.

Salam, Peace.

HiMY SYeD ( @30Masjids / #cdnmuslims )

Shaikh Abdool Hamid delivers Islamic Reminders on Mondays and Wednesdays in Masjid Toronto after the Dhuhr / Mid-Day Prayer.

Today’s Reminder is in anticipation of Ramadan 2016 beginning in a few days: The Specialness of Fasting in Ramadan .

Doors Open Toronto 2016 - DOT16

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:

The Dawah Centre & Jerrahi Canada, also opened their doors for DOT14:

Logistically, if you’re up for visiting all four locations, it makes sense to perhaps do it over two days.

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014 - Peace and Solidarity March in Flemingdon Park, Grenoble Public School, North York - 2015-11-20

Jane’s Walk 2016 Festival Weekend is Friday, Saturday, Sunday: May 5, 6, 7.

Among the 200 walks listed so far, one might be of particular interest to Toronto area readers of 30Masjids :

Muslim Women and Public Safety

This new walk is inspired by the same November 2015 events which inspired me to lead The History of Muslims in Toronto Jane’s Walk, a month later in December 2015.

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.

muslim women and public safety - jane's walk

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.

On Good Friday 2010, I found myself in Curitiba, Brazil. I joined the congregation and performed Jumah Prayers inside Curitiba’s ONLY Masjid, Mesquita Imam Ali Ibn Abu Talib (R.A.).

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Walking Toronto through its Muslim history A Sunday Jane’s Walk will take participants through the west end, touring the site of city’s first mosque and other Islamic touchstones.

Each picture in this Collection of 49 Photographs was captured by Brampton Based Professional Photographer, Herman Custodio.

The History of Muslims in Toronto – A Special December Jane’s Walk took place on Sunday December 20 2015.

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