Day 11 – Sunrise – Masjid Omar Al-Farooq

After praying Fajr in Masjid Zakariya, I biked down Sheppard Avenue and headed west along Kingston Road.

The sun had yet to rise as I arrived at number 4640.

I hadn’t passed by nor visited Masjid Omar Farooq since last year’s 30 Masjids tour.

What immediately caught my attention were the chirping of birds on wires.

أَلَمْ يَرَوْا۟ إِلَى ٱلطَّيْرِ مُسَخَّرَٰتٍۢ فِى جَوِّ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَءَايَٰتٍۢ لِّقَوْمٍۢ يُؤْمِنُونَ

Do they not see the birds held (flying) in the midst of the sky? None holds them but Allah [none gave them the ability to fly but Allah]. Verily, in this are clear proofs and signs for people who believe (in the Oneness of Allah).

— Qur’an Surah 16. An-Nahl, Ayah 79

Cherish what gives you benefit in the Hereafter

.Muslim [ Hadith Sahih Muslim]

Most masjids in Toronto open for Fajr/Dawn Prayers then close shortly after formal prayers are read.

Some masjids remain open until at least a few minutes past sunrise, then close until Noon-ish

I was wondering whether Masjid Omar Farooq was one of them. It isn’t.

This Masjid used to be a Chinese Restaurant, which explains the design of the green awning atop the building plus the style of the marquee sign cornering the parking lot.

InshAllah, I may yet break fast here again this year and share some of that experience with you.

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It was nice to stop for a few minutes outside Masjid Omar Farook before continuing by bike back to the Islamic Foundation of Toronto.

Nugget Mosque remains open after Fajr everyday.

. . . Naptime !

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