The Beth Israel Synagogue opened its doors today to the Al-Salaam Muslim congregation which was displaced by a fire that closed its mosque.

Jesse Thomas has the story.

CHEX TV, Friday November 27 2015

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United Together - Hosting the People of Peterborough - Islamic Institute of Toronto - Saturday November 21 2015

On Saturday evening, The Islamic Institute of Toronto hosted The People of Peterborough for a night of Support, Discussion and Community Building.

The multi-faith event was a show of Canadian solidarity against the Hate Crime of Arson at Kawartha Muslim Religious Association‘s Masjid Al-Salaam in Peterborough.

A representative cross-section of the wider Canadian community turned out as you may see from their images and words live-tweeted during the event…

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Following the Hate Crime of Arson at Masjid Al-Salaam, Mark Street United Church in Peterborough invited Kawartha Muslim Religious Association to perform Friday Jumah inside their prayer hall.

Mark Street United Church - Muslim Prayers Friday Noon - Peterborough - November 20 2015

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Kawartha Muslim Religious Association - Masjid Al-Salam - 000

“We the members of the KMRA are shocked and deeply disturbed by the November 14th incident at Masjid Al-salaam.

“The damage of the incident which is now being investigated as a possible hate crime has been estimated to exceed $80,000.

“In spite of the incident, we are deeply touched and highly encouraged by the overwhelming support we have received from the Peterborough community at large.

“We will continue to work with all faith groups and concerned citizens in raising awareness of peace and tolerance.

“We are thankful to all those who have extended their support to our community and we look forward to strengthening ties with the broader Peterborough community.”

“To all those that have been asking where they can donate, an online fundraiser has been setup by a local community support group in Peterborough. The link is below, your support is much appreciated.”

Kawartha Muslim Religious Association

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“On November 14th (2015), a suspicious fire was discovered inside of Peterborough’s only Mosque. Damages are estimated to exceed $80K. We encourage members of the community, of all or no faiths, to help the muslim community restore their place of worship.

Donations will be passed on to Dr. Kenzu Abdella, President of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association, in trust, on a monthly basis.”

Update: This is now being classified as a “hate crime.”

In the time I have been composing this blog post, several more thousands of dollars have been added to the Community Support for Peterborough’s Only Mosque Fundraising webpage.

If you wish donate offline, you may phone St. John’s Anglican Church in Peterborough at 705-745-7624.

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

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To everyone who followed 30Masjids either here on the blog or on Twitter (@30Masjids), Eid Mubarak!

Enjoy the Fireworks!

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We last broke our fast in the Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre on the Second Night of Ramadan 2015.

It felt right to return here at the end of Ramadan and share some of their Eid Al-Fitr Celebrations.

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000 - Eid Al Fitr Prayer - Gymnasium - Dennis R Trimbell Resource Centre in Flemingdon Park - 29 St Dennis Drive - Saturday July 18 2015

From Darul Khair Islamic Center‘s Announcements Page:


Shawwal moon has NOT been sighted. InshaAllah Eid will be on July 18th. Eid Prayers will be held at gymnasium at 7:30 am sharp.

Yesterday, 10,000 people, and likely more, joined Eid Al-Fitr Prayers in The Metro Toronto Convention Centre downtown, then stayed for the MAC Eid Festival.

The remaining hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Greater Toronto Area decide to pray early on Eid day in their local Masjids.

Smaller Masjids organize Eid Prayers in larger venues in their neighbourhoods.

In Flemingdon Park, Darul Khair Islamic Center rents the Gymnasium inside Dennis R. Trimbell Resource Centre…

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Dr. Jasser Auda (@JasserAuda) led Eid Prayers then delivered the Eid Al-Fitr Khutbah (Sermon) inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday Morning, July 17 2015.

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000 - Last Iftar - Masjid Toronto - July 16 2015

The Last Iftar ended up being in Masjid Toronto…

I had originally hoped to make Pape Cami for their wonderful Turkish Iftar Dinner to wrap up Ramadan 1436.

However, rushing to upload and post Imam Dr. Wael Shehab’s Lecture plus Q&A on The Sunnan and Morals of Eid Al-Fitr kept me in the Downtown Core.

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