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Toronto Mosque hosts Interfaith Iftar

The central mosque in Toronto, Masjid Toronto, held its first Ramadan Interfaith Iftar on Wednesday, May 15th and leaders of neighborhood churches and synagogues, as well as other religious leaders, joined the congregation to break the fast. “Ramadan Mubarak everyone! It’s a pleasure to have with us tonight, our neighbors and our friends,” said Imam Dr. Wael Shehab in his welcoming remarks. “Brothers and sisters, in the past few weeks, houses of worship of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities around the world were attacked.” “Now, we realize, more than anytime before, that our enemy is one; those are...

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Toronto Mayor hosts Iftar at City Hall

By Muneeb Nasir (TORONTO) – The City of Toronto commemorated Ramadan on Tuesday, May 7th with an Iftar dinner hosted by Mayor John Tory in the Council Chambers for Muslim leaders, activists and faith leaders. “I want to extend my best wishes to you, Ramadan Mubarak on the occasion of the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan,” said Mayor John Tory in his speech to the gathering. “It is an interfaith event that we are having tonight and I would like to thank those who have joined from churches across the city and who are showcasing their support...

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People could all do with a dose of Ramadan

By Muneeb Nasir Fasting is a big commitment and it is not quite that easy for those who are not initiated into the art of fasting. Ramadan is a month of abrupt changes. For a month, the fasting person takes a break from their usual lives to return to meaning and essentials, breaking with their habits of consumption, and interrupting the rhythms of their daily life. The abrupt changes brought about in Ramadan are an invitation to transformation. At the heart of our consumer world, where we are used to easy access to anything we wish, and where we...

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Canadians hold Rings of Peace and Interfaith vigils for victims of Sri Lankan bombings

Canadian religious communities have been coming together in vigils to remember victims of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that took over 250 lives and left many injured “A human ‘Ring of Peace’ conveys the message that we stand together to guard a sacred place of worship,” said Imam Shabbir Ally at a Ring of Peace and Interfaith Vigil held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Toronto’s St. Jamestown neighborhood on Thursday, April 25, 2019. “As we stood in front of this church today, our message to any would be attacker is that we are...

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Sri Lankan Muslim Community of Canada Statement on terrorist attacks

The Unified Sri Lankan Muslim Community of Canada (USLMCC), a collective group of religious and civic organizations, is grieved by the heinous attack on multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that mercilessly claimed the lives of Christian worshipers on their holy day. Our prayers go out to the innocent victims, their families and the people of our motherland during this unspeakable tragedy. According to Islamic teachings, all religious places are sanctuaries where people come to find solace and peace. It is abhorrent that this peace is disrupted, sanctity is violated, and lives are shattered by...

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