Muharram: In Light of Quran and Hadith

We announce the start of the Islamic new year, 1439 After Hijrah (AH)! According to the methodology followed by the Hilal Committee of Metropolitan Toronto & Vicinity (local moon sighting), the first day of Muharram is Friday, September 22. According to the methodology followed by the Fiqh Council of North America (calculations), the first day of Muharram was Thursday, September 21. Therefore, the 10th of Muharram (Day of ‘Ashura) will be either Sunday, October 1st or Saturday, September 30th depending on which methodology is followed. Please try to make an effort to fast on this day. Also, in order to not imitate people of other faiths who also fasted on ‘Ashura, the Prophet (SAW) has advised us to also fast a day before or after this day.

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Contributions for Capital Expenses

Below are some recent or upcoming capital expenses. If you can, please consider contributing to cover specific items or for the expenses in general:

  1. Being Muslim books (approx. $200) – These books are used for classes for new Muslims or people interested in learning about Islam. More information about the book can be found here: http://beingmuslim.org/.
  2. Prayer rugs (approx. $150 each x 4 or $600 total) – These are similar to those used at the Friday prayers, except they are half the size. They will replace the individual prayer rugs that were used for the past 3 years and will be easier to maintain than the individual rugs they are replacing.
  3. Children library furniture (approx. $400) – We have a library of children books about which details will be released in the near future. We need certain furniture to hold the books and secure them.

If you have more questions about any of these, please contact us.