After Sunrise on the morning of the 21st Day of Ramadan 2023,

I went outside to look at Sun and Sky in search of conditions confirming last night was Laylatul Qadr.

Photograph, video clips, and audio recording of what I found.

Ibn Abbas reported:

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him,

said regarding the Night of Decree,

“It is a calm night,

neither hot nor cold,

and the sun rises upon its day red and faint.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Khuzaymah 2192

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ لَيْلَةٌ طَلْقَةٌ لا حَارَّةٌ وَلا بَارِدَةٌ تُصْبِحُ الشَّمْسُ يَوْمَهَا حَمْرَاءَ ضَعِيفَةً

2192 صحيح ابن خزيمة كتاب الصيام

5475 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح الجامع

This audio recording began as a Video.

Like the Sky it was recording, file size of the HD Video was big.

Too big to upload properly.

I extracted the audio and that’s what you can listen to above.

Couple of screencaptures to accompany the audio…

I’m an official member of the Worldwide Moonsighting Committee, at, representing Canada.

If anyone else, because it’s not going to be me, puts in the effort to create an official “Laylatul Qadr Confirmation” Committee, you now have your first member.

After looking up at Sun and Sky early this 21st Morning of Ramadan 2023,

I still don’t know for sure if last night, the first of the five possibilities for Laylatul Qadr, was Laylatul Qadr.

I feel it was.

Conditions this morning still leave me guessing.

Four more chances to go…

Night 21 of Ramadan 1444/2023 ended with Adhan Al Fajr, The Call to Prayer at Dawn, signalling the start of Day 21.

We usually dial through the local Toronto Area Muslim IPTV Channels during Sahoor/Sehri, the pre-dawn meal time, before the start time of each day’s fast.

This morning Dawn/Fajr in and around the Toronto Metropolitan Area was early as 5:16 a.m. or as late as 5:19 a.m., depending how east or west you were.

Each day’s fast has begun by cycling through those local Muslim IPTV Sahoor shows until settling on a random channel with a pre-recorded Adhan Al Fajr being Broadcast/Livestreamed.

We then pray Fajr at home.

Also randomly, I might still watch IPTV for a little while after Fajr, allowing time for my Sahoor to digest.

Back on Day 12, I was watching CBC Metro Morning.

Like on Day 12, this morning, Day 21, I photographed my Television Screen rather than scramble in a rush to screencapture the Livestreams from Makkah & Madinah on my Raspberry Pi 400.

CanadaONE ReStreams the Fajr Prayer recorded from Makkah at Makkah Local Time, to coincide with Fajr Time according to Toronto Local Time.

In the VHS Days, we’d call this Live Tape Delay.

Akin to U.S. Network TV Late Night variety shows recording their weekday show live in the afternoon/evenings for broadcast after the late local news.

In the bottom right Corner you can see 5:07 [a.m.].

But Fajr in Toronto didn’t begin until after 5:07 a.m. this morning.

What gives!?


Here in my Daylight Saving Time observant home Province of Ontario, CanadaONE’s Fajr in Makkah Live Tape Delay is not exactly livestreamed 7 hours later, because Dawn/Fajr in Makkah was at 4:46 a.m. earlier this morning, Day 21 of Ramadan 1444/ Wednesday April 12 2023.

Also, the scheduled Congregational Fajr Prayer Time in Makkah isn’t exactly 4:46:01 a.m. to the second, as per common sense.

People in The Sacred Masjid are still eating their final bites of Sahoor at 4:45:59 a.m., you get the idea.

CanadaONE ends their ReStream from Makkah once Fajr is completed, sometimes followed by Toronto area Ethnic/Muslim-ish TV Commercials.

Switching to one of the numerous duplicate IPTV Channels ReStreaming the actual Live Livestream from Makkah, we find Salat Al Dhuhr, the Midday Prayer, has already been performed in The Sacred Masjid.

Sometimes the Official Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Makkah Livestream show scenes from the City of Makkah or the Mountains and Valleys around it.

Dialling up the Official KSA Madinah IPTV Livestreaming channel(s) and found Salat Al Dhuhr was still being prayed…

“Allahu Akbar . . .

. . . Allahu Akbar . . .

. . . Allahu Akbar.”

Menu screen, listing Muslim-ish IPTV Channels in the order they were favo(u)rited.


Having returned home after praying Isha + 8 Rakats of Taraweeh at Noon Academy’s Masjid,

I often dial up eAWAZ IPTV.

To borrow a useful word from legacy Broadcast Television lingo,

eAWAZ, or simply AWAZ, Simulcasts Shaykh Faisal’s nightly reminders being Livestreamed between Rakats 6 and 7 at the Islamic Forum of Canada.

My brother Amir & I heard Shaykh Faisal’s reminder in person last Ramadan 2022 on Night 12.

Tonight, AWAZ has a red bar with text announcing this is the 10th Night of Ramadan…

However, I confirmed what I was watching on TV was indeed Shaykh Faisal speaking live and being Simulcast correctly tonight, Night 21 of Ramadan 2023.

Typo. Not a big deal.

What IS a Big Deal is the technical set up inside Islamic Forum of Canada.

Here’s my photograph from Night 12 last year :

I only caught Shaykh Faisal’s mid-Taraweeh-break speech as he was wrapping it up for tonight.

So I selected MeemTV.

While Shaykh Faisal is set up to supply programming for IPTV Channels,

MeemTV IS an IPTV Channel AND a Masjid in one.

Masjid-E-Aqsa in Brampton broadcasts, sorry, Livestreams original programming for their original IPTV Channel.

They pray 20 Rakats of Taraweeh, and they are still praying as I watch at 10:38 p.m. on Night 21, a possible Laylatul Qadr.

Other than Taraweeh Prayers, what else does MeemTV air?


Adhans being called more or less according to Brampton Local Time, a minute or two later than Toronto.

It’s an example of what Brother Taha Ghayyur described during his talk at the 9th Annual Fiqh Conference on Day 10.

Muslims don’t want a Muslim TV Channel only rerunning Lectures from youtube playlists ( my words and my understanding of the case brother Taha was making ).

They want Halal Entertainment options.

During Sahoor and before Iftar, many IPTV shows have Ramadan related programming, with most importantly a countdown timer of how much time you have left for eating or when you can break fast.

Sometimes you simply want to turn on the TV, without thinking too much about it, because you want to watch something Islamic or Muslim-ish.

Both Islamic Forum of Canada and Masjid-E-Aqsa/MeemTV on this Night 21 were exactly that.

Both Islamic Forum of Canada and MeemTV are based in Brampton, Ontario.

Perhaps the Search for Halal Entertainment Options begins in Brampton?

Umm… until I switched to watching IIT’s Live Taraweeh Livestream and heard Night 21’s reminder from IIT Resident Imam, Shaikh Musleh Khan.

The Islamic Institute of Toronto is in Scarborough.

Perhaps the Search for Halal Television Options begins in Brampton and continues in Scarborough…?

The Islamic Foundation of Toronto is in Scarborough.

IFT is on AWAZ TV everyday between 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tahajjud at Sayeda Khadija Centre in Mississauga on Night 21 of Ramadan 1444.

A 13 minute reminder was delivered after the first hour, after the first half of this morning’s Tahajjud Prayers on Night 21 of Ramadan 2023.

This morning’s Tahajjud Reminder began with the following being said a few seconds into it,

“…And, as The Race comes to An End…”

For the second time tonight during this Night 21 Laylatul Qadr possibility,

I hear mention of “The Race” and its end being The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan.

First mentioned earlier by Shaykh Waleed Almakee at Noon Academy Masjid after Isha and before my Eight Rakats of Taraweeh,

And now again from home,

while watching Sayeda Khadija Centre’s Livestream of their Tahajjud Prayer.


Ramadan’s Race for 1444/2023 has eight/nine more nights to go,

With four more chances to search for, and to find Laylatul Qadr…



Reflection from the Qur’an (21 Taraweeh) by Imam Omar Subedar.

Livestream after Taraweeh Prayer on Night 21 of Ramadan 2023,

At Bramalea Islamic Cultural Centre (BICC), 25 Kings Cross Road, Brampton.

Important reminder by IIT Resident Scholar Shaikh Musleh Khan during Taraweeh Prayers at Islamic Institute of Toronto on Night 21 of Ramadan 2023

Shaikh Musleh Khan reminds us that searching for Laylatul Qadr, The Night of Destiny, during the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan, begins right away after the time of Maghrib.

Don’t fall into the habit of beginning your search after Iftar or later during Isha or Taraweeh.

Maghrib and Iftar time, it’s not only a time to break fast.

It’s the time to begin your search!

Short Duas are short in words yet Grand in The Scales in The Sight of Allah (SWT).

Returned home a short while ago after praying Isha plus 8 Rakats of Taraweeh, inside Noon Academy‘s Masjid in Brampton…

Tag-Team-Taraweeh style on this first night of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan 1444/2023.

I prayed behind the first Qari for a pair of two Rakats, then Shaykh Waleed Almakee lead the next pair of two Rakats, bringing it to eight.

As before, after four Rakats, the Taraweeh worshippers collectively recite Surah Al Ikhlas three times, before begining the next pair of pairs of Rakats.

Before Taraweeh began, and after Isha was prayed, Shaykh AlMakee shared some words of reminding about how to spend the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan.

He began by reminding us of who the “Loser” is, that is the one who witnesses Ramadan but does do anything about it or during it.

The Shaykh used the metaphor of a horserace and what winning horses do as they near the end of the race, approaching the finish line.

The horse may have kept some energy in reserve, but then uses everything, puts it all out there to win the race in the end.

The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan are like the end of the race.

And we should hold nothing back, to win Ramadan.

So what exactly do we do to be of the Winners?

The phrase he used,

“…Do ALL the Ibadahs…”

Resonated with me in its simplicity,

and its completeness, its thoroughness.

Paying Sadaqah every night, during all Last Ten Nights in Ramadan.

Sadaqah here :;

Dhikr, Praying.

We know what to do, and how best to spend our time in worship.

Perhaps we will do something that is Pleasing to Our Lord, and all our sins will be forgiven.

It was getting hot inside the Masjid, though I hadn’t yet felt it.

The door by the brothers’ side was opened to let in some night air.

The night air on Night 21 of Ramadan 2023 is 19 Degrees Celsius.

In Sahih Al-Jami’,

The Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“ليلةُ القدْرِ ليلةٌ سمِحَةٌ ، طَلِقَةٌ ، لا حارَّةٌ ولا بارِدَةٌ”

“The night of Qadr is a calm, serene and peaceful night.

“It is not hot nor is it cold…”

A deradicalization expert explains the hate ecosystem fueling Islamophobia in the GTA

Amarnath Amarasingam is an assistant professor in the school of religion at Queen’s University, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

Aired: April 11, 2023

Press Conference at The Islamic Society of Markham, 2900 Denison Street.

York Regional Police provide additional information since Sunday’s Update.

Questions & Answers :


You need to increase/decrease/increase Volume to properly hear entire Q&A.

CTV News Toronto Videojournalist Janice Golding interviewed several worshippers who regularly pray at the Islamic Society of Markam.

Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of The City of Markham, held a brief news scrum with reporters, followed by a one-on-one interview.

Nadia Hasan, PHD, Chief Operating Officer of National Council of Canadian Muslims, interviewed with OMNI Television.

President of the Islamic Society of Markham Qaisar Nasir Khan says a male suspect brought his car to a mosque around dawn prayer,

Uttered Islamophobic slurs,

Made threats to burn down the worship place,

And tried to run over congregants.

“It was shocking.

“It could have resulted in serious injury, or God forbid, even fatalities,” he said.

The Canadian Press

Amira Elghawaby, Canada’s Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia, held a number of one-on-one interviews with The Canadian Press, The CBC/Radio-Canada, and others.

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.


I will be leading a Jane’s Walk on Sunday May 7 2023 :

The History of Canadian Muslims in Toronto Jane’s Walk 2023

Here’s a link to give you an idea of what to expect.

( Will update this blog post later today, InshAllah, with complete details. )


TIME: Sunday May 7 2023 – 4:00 p.m.

MEETING POINT: Annette Street at Runnymede Avenue, Sidewalk on South West Corner of intersection.

WALK LEADER: Holding Orange “Walk With Us” Jane’s Walk sign; wearing a Green Square🟩

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSIT: Runnymede Bus stop at Annette Street

WALK END LOCATION: Jami Mosque, 56 Boustead Avenue

“Fajr prayer underway this morning at the Islamic Society of Markham this morning,

following what police call a suspected hate-motivated incident.

Worshippers tell me they’ve been staying even more vigilant since the reported attack,

but they won’t be driven out by fear.”

Faiza Amin

Day 18 of Ramadan 1444/2023,

Sunday Evening,

I’m tired.

The Days are catching up with me and I need to rest a bit.

Not just the days, The Day, This one.

The news of the past day about the Islamic Society of Markham have taken up mental energy I had wanted to expend elsewhere;

Have taken up mental space which needs to empty and recharge.

For me, this evening,

Listening to Reflections on Islam is a kind of Mental Comfort Food, Audio Comfort Iftar Food, something like that… needed to recharge myself.

. . . Today’s 30 Masjids in 30 Days needed to be 30 Masjids at Home listening to Reflections on Islam’s Special Ramadan Daily Radio Program,

While awaiting Sunset Time of ~ 7:54 p.m. in the Toronto Metropolitan Area.

After yesterday’s post about what happened at the Islamic Society of Markham,

Followed by the update posted earlier today,

I wanted to have something positive on 30 Masjids about Markham Masjid.

So I screen-captured the following images from Salat Al Dhuhr, plus a recording of the Bayan, or Reminder, delivered afterwards.

From the Masjid’s official Livestream :

Adhan Al Dhuhr, Call to The Midday Prayer made inside Markham Masjid, The Islamic Society of Markham.

Iqamah for Salat Al Dhuhr, Standing in straight line shoulder-to-shoulder, to perform The Midday Prayer.

After Salat Al Dhuhr,

A short Bayan/Reminder in a continuing Series about the Lives of The Sahabah, the Companions of Prophet (upon whom be peace) . . .


. . . Definitely something positive,



Posted on Sunday April 09, 2023


Investigators with the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a suspect with several criminal offences after a suspected hate-motivated incident at a mosque in the City of Markham.

On Thursday, April 6, 2023, at 6:55 a.m.,

York Regional Police responded to a call for a disturbance at a mosque on Denison Street.

Witnesses reported that a male suspect had attended in a vehicle and drove directly at one of the worshippers and yelled threats and religious slurs.

The suspect drove dangerously in the parking lot before leaving the property.

Members of the #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau were notified and worked cooperatively with the Intelligence Unit and Hate Crime Unit to identify the suspect.

Members of the Hate Crime Unit attended the mosque to offer support to its members.

The suspect was identified and a warrant for his arrest was issued while efforts were made to locate him.

Shortly after midnight, on April 7, 2023,

members of York Regional Police arrested the suspect in Toronto.


  • Sharan KARUNAKARAN, 28, of Toronto


  • Uttering Threats
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Dangerous Driving

Sharan KARUNAKARAN was held for a bail hearing.

His next scheduled appearance is at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket on April 11, 2023.

Investigators are concerned there may be other victims and police encourage them to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541,

or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS,

or leave an anonymous tip online at

Prepared by: Sergeant Clint Whitney


April 9, 2023


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“We have been greatly distressed to learn about an apparent violent hate crime at a Markham mosque,

Where an individual yelled slurs,

Tore up a Qur’an,

And attempted to run down worshippers in his vehicle.

There will be a press conference on Monday with more details to come.”

National Council of Canadian Muslims

Islamic Society of Markham struck by a hate-motivated attack as an individual used a vehicle to attempt to ram worshippers

(Markham — April 8, 2023)

We wanted to communicate clearly with our congregation and our neighbours about a highly distressing apparent hate crime that recently took place at our centre.

On or about the morning of April 6,

An individual came to the Islamic Society of Markham (ISM),

One of the oldest and largest Muslim institutions in Markham.

Thousands of congregants attend the ISM,

And the centre is much busier because of the sacred month of Ramadan.

The individual brought his car to the mosque.

Upon entering the mosque,

he tore apparently a copy of the Qur’an,

And began a racist and Islamophobic rant directed towards the worshippers.

The individual,

Upon exiting the mosque,

Then attempted to run over or strike worshippers with his vehicle.

We are deeply troubled by this incident,

Especially as we near the anniversary of the London Terror Attack,

Where a family in London was run down in an act of hatred.

We appreciate the support of the York Regional Police,

Who moved swiftly to make sure our congregation was safe,

And to our understanding have arrested and charged this individual.

We further urge YRP to continue investigating this issue as a potentially hate- motivated crime.

We know that our congregation is a strong and loving community.

Our security and logistics team have taken additional steps to keep worshippers safe in the next days of Ramadan.

We will be hosting a press conference at the ISM this Monday to provide further information.

Press Conference Details:

WHERE: The Islamic Society of Markham, 2900 Denison St, Markham

WHEN: Monday, April 10, 12:00 noon


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