Ramadan Mubarak! The first day of Ramadan was on Saturday May 27th 2017. First Tarawi was held on Friday May 26th, 2017.
Please see the files below for relevant information regarding the start of Ramadan:
In order to keep our facilities running smoothly, this year’s Ramadan fundraising goal is $600,000. This money will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the Mosque. A few of the major infrastructure initiatives we have planned for this year include:
- Resurfacing the roof of the masjid as we have had incidents of leakage into both men and women’s prayer halls during rain. A full resurface as opposed to the usual patch work is planned.
- Around the clock security as a contingency measure in response to the appalling incidents in Quebec and around the world. We are also investing in new fencing and electronic drop gates to ensure maximal security for our congregation.
- Replacing all 11of our current AC units as most of them are functioning poorly and not of standard.
- Helping our Ajax school to become self-sufficient and operate to full capacity
Please join hands and donate in person at IFT, online here (need link), or on your phone by downloading our mobile app.
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- As part of sponsoring our brothers & sisters of Syria, more than 150 families sponsored by IFT have landed and settled and are continually under the care and supervision of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. Another 60 families will be landing this year.
- IFTs Tax Clinic initiative has successfully filed tax returns for over 1500 needy families this year alone.
- Alhamdulillah, our 14 year veteran Hot Soup Kitchen feeds over 750 individuals on a weekly basis. Additionally, we continue to collaborate with a number of interfaith groups through our multiple outreach events to create dynamic opportunities for the betterment of our society.
- IFT caters to all members of the community, and has a special and comprehensive Seniors Program which consists of weekly social gatherings at IFT, leisure visits to different attractions in Ontario, cruises, resort days, and activities to promote the health and well-being of our elders.
- IFT is proud to be a continuing supporter of orphan sponsorship programs in Sri Lanka, Guyana and engages in relief work in Pakistan, India, and various regions in Africa.
- To promote the safety, education, knowledge, and cohesiveness of our congregation, community awareness programs like ‘Know your Rights’, Islamophobia, Family Day, and various other programs geared towards families, youth, and seniors were conducted throughout the year.
- We continue to work with various Hospitals in the G.T.A to provide Halal Meals, Modesty Gowns, and Mid-Wifery programs to build on our previous success of implementing such programs in multiple Hospitals already.
- We are going into the 12th year of our annual Hifz and Qir’aat ul Quran competition. Alhumdulillah, we have achieved great success as we have received international recognition.
Prayer will be held 5 minutes after Adhan.
The Islamic foundation provides Iftar every day during the duration of Ramadan. A special Iftar is held every Sunday, we encourage everyone in the community to join us! Individuals are encouraged to join hands and sponsor the iftar for the community. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, over the phone at (416-321-0909) or donate online at https://www.islamicfoundation.ca/donations
20 Rakaat’s of Taraweeh prayer is held following Isha Salat, and will be led by the following order:
- Qari Yunus Ingar
- Hafiz Ilyas Khan
- Hafiz Omar Bashir
- Hafiz Essam Mohammed
- Hafiz Anhaf Baig
- Shakh Yusuf Badat
Khatamul Qura'an will be on the 29th night of Ramadaan [Friday, June 23, 2017].
The Islamic Foundation of Toronto has limited spots for I’Etekaf. Spots are assigned on a first come first serve basis. Brothers over the age of 18 are encouraged to register well in advance by the 10th of Ramadan to help us facilitate the necessary arrangements.
We will observe special night prayers (Qiyamul-Lail) during the last 10 nights of Ramadan starting at 1:15 am. These prayers will be led by Shaikh Saeed and a number of other huffaz.
Babysitting services are available during the Isha and Taraweeh prayers for children between the ages of 4 -10. Limited spaces are available, it is recommended that you register your child as soon as possible. Please contact 416 321 3776 ex.224 for more information.
For the duration of the month of Ramadan, additional free parking at The Estate Banquet and Event Centre across from IFT has been arranged.
What is Zakat and why is it important?
Zakat (Zakatul Mal) is literally translated into “that which purifies” and generally refers to a religious ‘levy’ or ‘tax’ which is an obligation composed of a certain percentage of every kind of personal income to provide relief to the poor and less fortunate. Zakat is a religious duty of every Muslim whose wealth exceeds a defined limit. As conferred by Allah (SWT) all individuals whose wealth exceeds this limit are required to spend 2.5% of their total income annually to the needy and less fortunate. Zakat is of paramount importance as by Quranic Ranking it is the third pillar of Islam meaning it is the next after prayer in importance.
The second type of Zakat is called Sadaqatul Fitr (commonly known as Fitra) and is paid during the month of Ramadan until the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. Fitra is compulsory on every individual that can support him or herself and their family beyond the night of Eid. Fitra is due for every family member including children and infants.
This year, the recommended amount for Sadaqatul Fitr is $8 per person.
This Ramadan, Take a Step to Eliminate Disposable Water Bottles in your Masjid! Support the Movement as we Introduce Eco-Friendly Reusable Bottles to the GTA.
Take a pledge to support in conserving and improving the environment starting this Ramadan!
Imagine a Waste Free Ramadan.…
During the holy month of Ramadan, the implications of our actions often go unnoticed, like:
Plastic pollution: We excessively use plastic products that end up landfills or in places they don’t belong. This results in an accumulation of harmful toxins in the Earth's oceans, land and atmosphere. Especially because Ramadan brings in higher attendance at Masjids, all those water bottles add up quickly!
Water misuse: Water is wasted when water bottles that are still half-full are thrown away, particularly during Taraweeh and evening prayers.
Wastefulness: Water and food resources are often squandered, leaving Masjids with large volumes of food and trash that is not properly disposed of (especially the plastic!).
The Messenger of Allah was once overheard saying: "The best form of Sadaqa [charity] is giving someone water."
If everyone joins the movement of re-usable water bottles, by Ramadan 2017, you will have accomplished an incredible milestone in our collective fight against plastic pollution. This success would also represent Muslim communities in the overall effort and cause of promoting sustainable practices in a Global Warming Era.
So How Will it work?
Islamic Foundation of Toronto in association with TorontoMuslims.com has introduced a Greening Initiative aimed at reducing disposable plastic water bottle usage during this year’s Ramadan. While joining our Iftaar program consider using our Eco-Friendly Reusable bottle. Each time you drop by the Masjid, make sure you do not forget to bring your bottle, we also encourage other people to bring their own reusable bottles. By following this model, the consumption and usage of plastic bottles, and wasted water will be reduced greatly!
What is Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month of fasting for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam; the others are confession of faith, five daily prayers, Zakah (almsgiving) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah). Ramadan starts upon the sighting of the moon, which is largely determined by the Crescent Committee of Canada.
Why Muslims Fast
Fasting in Ramadan is a main pillar of Islam that helps Muslim grow closer to the One God, Allah. According to the Qur’an “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may learn self-restraint”. Fasting, which is recognized for its health, spiritual and psychological benefits, is considered by Muslims as a means to improve their moral characters and provides an opportunity for a spiritual renewal.
Purpose of Fasting
The real purpose of fasting is not to make us hungry and thirsty, or to deprive us some of our comfort and conveniences but to be conscious of Allah. It is to do one's best to live by His commands and to avoid His prohibitions, fear of Allah, worship of Allah, sincerity in faith, and avoid the disobedience to Allah. Fasting is an invisible act. Only Allah and the person who is fasting know whether he or she is fasting or not. Fasting teaches how to control and discipline our desires. During fasting we learn how to say "no" to things that are otherwise permissible and good, but are forbidden during fasting. When one learns how to say "no" to that which is generally permissible, then one can easily control oneself to avoid that which is forbidden. Through fasting we taste—to some extent—the pain and suffering of those who are poor and destitute. Fasting teaches empathy and sympathy, and it takes away some of our selfishness and self-centeredness.
How Muslims Fast
Muslims fast from early dawn to sunset every day throughout the month (approximately 17 hours a day). The fast requires Muslims to abstain from food, drink, marital relations and ill-conduct during the fast.
Fasting in Ramadan is compulsory on all physically and mentally healthy and mature Muslims. Those exempted from fasting are the sick, old, pregnant and menstruating women and travellers. Pregnant and menstruating women and travellers make up the missed days by fasting at a later time.
Typical day during the Month
The day of fasting begins with an early morning meal before dawn and ends at sunset. The evening activities include the traditional breaking of the fast usually with dates and water, the sunset prayer followed by dinner (IFTAR). Muslims would then go to the mosque for congregational prayers in which at least one-thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited. The congregation would have listened to the recitation of the complete Qur’an by the end of the month.
Fitrah $8.00 Per Person and
Fidya is $10 Per Person
End of Ramadan
Ramadan will conclude on June 24th/25th, 2017 depending on the sighting of the moon.
The celebration marking the end of Ramadan is called Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the major festivals in Islam and will be celebrated June 25th/26th, 2017 Insha'Allah, depending on the sighting of the moon.