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Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor hosts first Interfaith Ramadan Iftar

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, hosted the first ever interfaith Ramadan iftar in the Lieutenant Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, May 30th. “I am pleased to host this interfaith celebration marking the early days of a holy month for over half a million Ontarians,” said the Lieutenant Governor. “May thoughtful and peaceful engagement be our gift to the future and our legacy to the world at large.” Forty influential interfaith, academic and civic leaders were in attendance for the historic gathering that was addressed by the Lieutenant Governor and Doug Sanders, International Affairs columnist...

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Indigenous peoples and Muslims in dialogue

Report by DawaNet {“Not too many generations ago we didn’t know one another….but here we are [now], sitting together….” Elder Joanne Dallaire} A diverse group of leaders are gathered in the auditorium at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto on April 29, 2017. We are immigrants, refugees, and Indigenous to Turtle Island, and we have come to learn from Elder Joanne Dallaire, and from one another. What follows is a powerful conversation about what settler Muslims can do in our respective capacities as educators, organizers, social workers, parents, academics, and students, to start correcting our relationships with First Peoples....

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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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Canadian Muslims begin Ramadan on Saturday

Saturday, May 27th will be the first day of Ramadan, according to the Fiqh Council of North America. The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarrama as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Makkah. On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1438 AH are established as follows:...

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Canada unveils Eid stamp

Canadian Muslims now have a stamp that recognizes two of their faith’s most important festivals, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Canada Post unveiled the stamp Tuesday evening, together with Muslim leaders in Montréal and in Richmond Hill, Ont., north of Toronto. “As Canada reaches its 150th birthday, our stamp committee reflected on some themes that need to reflect the Canada of today,” Deepak Chopra, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post, told the audience at the Richmond Hill unveiling. “It is only natural that we complete our celebrations by adding Eid into our official commemoration.” The Eid stamp...

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