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Ramadhan mubarak!

Ramadhan 1: May 16 as per the Fiqh Council of North America. Eid ul-fitr: Friday, June 15

Remember to pay fitrah ($10/person) well in advance of eid. Fidya for anyone unable to fast is also $10/person/day.

Qiyam-ul-lail in the last ten nights - begins Jun. 4 at 2 am. Join us for extra prayers in the early morning.
Taraweeh led by reputable qurraa
Chairman's letter: On behalf of the IIT Board of Directors, Shuyukh, volunteers and staff, I extend best wishes for a blissful Ramadan. We pray for Allah's mercy and forgiveness on our loved ones who have passed away, and His infinite guidance to those who are blessed to witness another Ramadhan.

Fasting and worship in this blessed month is an opportunity to gain Taqwa (consciousness) of Allah. We are honored to have Qari Abdulfatah Jahedar and his father and mentor, Ali Salem Mohamed Jaheder, as well as IITs very own Hafiz Hassan Rahman to lead the Tarawih prayers. Continued...
Shaikh Musleh Khan: May this Ramadan be filled with prosperity, hope and forgiveness. Let us all indulge in the sweetness of faith and strength with unity.
Have a #WasteFreeRamadhan: Please bring your own reusable water bottles (IIT-branded reusable bottles will also be on sale); and ensure shoes are neatly placed on shoe-racks - not on the floor.



Ramadhan timetable

Our timings for salaatul fajr may differ from others published for the GTA, but are in full accordance with the Qur'an, Sunnah and scholarly opinions of many jurists across the centuries. For a detailed explanation, we encourage you to read or listen to Shaikh Ahmad Kutty's essay on the subject. These timings have been published for your reference only and you may access alternative timings for your location at islamicfinder.org


Lecture & iftar: Saturdays, 1 hour before maghrib (Please arrive by 8 pm)

These lectures will be streamed live on facebook, one hour before iftar

May 19: Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick
The Conscious Muslim

May 26: Shaikh Ahmad Kutty
The Repentant Muslim

June 2: Shaikh Musleh Khan
The Victorious Muslim

June 9: Shaikh Abdool Hamid
The Ideal Muslim


Youth Hangouts - Legacy of Giants: May 26 & June 2, 7 pm

Join us for our special Ramadhan youth hangouts as we learn about the lives of select Sahaba and their legacy.

The session on May 26 will be led by Shaikh Abdool Hamid and the one on June 2 will be led by Shaikh Musleh Khan. Both sessions will include an anonymous Q & A segment on challenges and opportunities facing youth in the West. Questions can be submitted anonymously at bit.ly/youthhangout

Iftar-beque: May 27, 8 pm

IIT Youth Council invites students and young professionals to our first ever "Iftar-beque"! An opportunity to socialize and reflect over good food through good conversations. Register ASAP as registration closes on May 24!

The youth iftar will include special talks by sister Aisha Khaja and Ustadh Omar Patel on what it means to live a good life, and lessons we can draw from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Get details & register


This Ramadhan, make sure you receive our lectures, videos, and audio interviews via our podcast: PC, Android, iOS (or visit iit.podbean.com)

Khatam-al-Qur'an program: June 10, isha

Alhamdulillah our qurraa are on track to complete the Qur'an with a special du'a on the 27th Night of Ramadhan. Join us for a special program right after isha as we provide you with our plans for the year, solicit your support, and complete the Qur'an with du'a.


Eid prayer: June 15, 9 am

Khateeb: to be announced

Please make wudu at home and arrive early. Parking available on both sides of Neilson Road, at the Scarborough Convention Centre, and Neilson Park (just south of Neilson & Finch) - no parking on Finch Avenue.

Recite takbiraat on your way to and from the prayer (audio: mp3, text: PDF)

Remember to pay zakatul fitr ($10/person) well in advance of eid
Common questions & answers on zakatul fitr and zakah

Eid carnival & food bazaar: Date to be announced, 11 am - 4 pm

Join us with your family and friends for a fun-filled day for all!

Games, entertainment, and food bazaar


Iftar sponsored by HCI: May 18

Join us for a special iftar sponsored by Human Concern International, one of our partners working to alleviate suffering across the world. Your assistance this Ramadhan will go a long way in bringing relief to those who need it the most!

Qurra arranged for tarawih

With the blessed month of Ramadan just one month away, we are pleased to announce that we will have the honour of Qari Ali Salem Mohamed Jahedar, Qari Abdulfatah Jahedar and Hafiz Hassan Mohamed to lead tarawih.

Qari Ali Salem is an established teacher of Qur'an from Tripoli, Libya and he is blessed with a number of sons whom he has taught, including Abdulfatah Jahedar. Watch a video of five of his sons reciting Qur'an for a TV program in Libya - Ziyaad, Hatem Salem, Ridwaan and Siraaj - may Allah bless them all.

Ramadhan resources

New moon: sighting or calculating? Islamic Institute of Toronto is following the position of the Fiqh Council of North America on this issue.

Is there any significance to the 15th of Sha'ban?

How to benefit from Ramadhan optimally: Ramadhan is the most blessed month in the Islamic calendar. It is primarily a spiritual training course intended to help us cultivate essential virtues and skills in order to lead a meaningful life.

The sunnah and elements of flexibility in determining the times of fajr and imsak (beginning of fasting): The following essay is an attempt to clarify the issue of fajr al-sadiq (the true dawn) and the cut-off point for suhur (the pre-dawn meal), in light of the Qur'an, the authentic traditions, and the sound practices of the companions, their successors, and the venerable imams and scholars.

2016 fatwa session on Ramadhan and fasting

Lecture from Ramadhan 2015: Another Ramadhan, Another Opportunity with Shaikh Abdool Hamid (transcription for the hearing impaired)

Flashback to Ramadhan 2015: Gems of Qur'anic Wisdom In this short reminder, Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick reflects on the much-referenced verse of Sura al-Nur "The Verse of Light" and recounts the emotional pain suffered by Umm al Mumineen, Ayesha (RA) when she was slandered and how Allah came to her defence through revelation!

When Does The Month Of Ramadan Begin? Science and Wisdom - Tariq Ramadan

The years come and go and the pattern seems unchanging. With the approach of the fasting month conflicts flare, tensions grow and divisions deepen. Sometimes it is individual countries; sometimes it is judicial bodies; sometimes it is the scholars who contradict each other on the interpretation of certain texts, on methods of calculation, on the use of science; or sometimes it is even relations between states. Continued...


Zakah and Fitra

"And they have been commanded no more than this: To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practise regular charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight." (Al-Bayyinah:5)

What is Zakah? The Arabic word 'Zakah' is generally translated as 'poor due' or 'religious levy' but literally it means purification, growth, blessing and appreciation. Islamically speaking, however, Zakah is the community's share in the produced wealth. More specifically, according to M. Umer Chapra, the renowned Islamic economist, Zakah is the financial duty of a Muslim "to pay out of his net worth or agricultural output, if these are higher than the threshold of Zakah, a specified portion as an indispensable part of his religious duties."

Although some writers mistakenly refer to Zakah as charity, it is not charity. Al-Sadaqah is charity as opposed to Zakah which is a compulsory religious duty conferred by God Almighty upon all Muslims whose wealth exceeds the prescribed limit. If a person's wealth exceeds that limit, he/she is required to pay the rate of 2½% of total income or wealth to the Bait Al-Mal (the public treasury) annually for the upkeep of the poor and the needy. In the words of the Prophet (peace be on him): "Riches (i.e. Zakah) should be taken from the rich and returned to the poor."

The Obligation of Zakah: The main purpose of zakah is to help the poor and needy. When zakah is applied effectively, it goes a long way in eradicating poverty from the society--as it was demonstrated in the history of Islam. Although the primary recipients of zakah are the poor and needy, part of zakah can also be given to causes that are beneficial for the cause of Islam. In our time and age, this includes supporting institutions that provide essential services for the community in places where funds for such projects are not readily available.

Zakatul Fitr (Fitra) and Eid: There are two types of Zakah in Islam. The first is the regular, compulsory charity (levied on the rich), also referred to specifically as Zakatul mal; it is the third pillar of Islam. The other is Zakatul Fitr, also known sadaqatul Fitr. In this book, we are concerned only with Zakatul Fitr. Zakatul Fitr is due on every person who has sufficient means to maintain himself and his family beyond the day and night of Eid, and it must be paid on behalf of every member of one's family including infants.


Call for volunteers

If you would like to volunteer during Ramadhan, please e-mail us (iit@islam.ca)