Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ Wed, 25 May 2022 01:33:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://imos-journal.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/favicon.png Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ 32 32 Malay/Muslim community coped well with Covid-19 crisis, can overcome other challenges: Masagos https://imos-journal.net/malay-muslim-community-coped-well-with-covid-19-crisis-can-overcome-other-challenges-masagos/ Fri, 13 May 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/malay-muslim-community-coped-well-with-covid-19-crisis-can-overcome-other-challenges-masagos/ SINGAPORE – The Malay/Muslim community has weathered the Covid-19 crisis well and is in a good position to overcome further challenges, Minister for Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli has said. To help community members continue to make progress, on Friday (May 13) he announced improvements to several programs in areas such as education and health. “We […]]]>

SINGAPORE – The Malay/Muslim community has weathered the Covid-19 crisis well and is in a good position to overcome further challenges, Minister for Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli has said.

To help community members continue to make progress, on Friday (May 13) he announced improvements to several programs in areas such as education and health.

“We can learn many important and valuable lessons from the pandemic. In my view, we got to where we are today because we did it with knowledge, care and discipline. Indeed, those are the fundamentals that the month of Ramadan has built in us for many years that we have been fasting,” said Masagos, who is Minister of Social and Family Development and Second Minister of Health.

He was speaking at his annual Hari Raya meeting for around 400 community and religious leaders, held at the Pan Pacific Singapore on Raffles Boulevard. It was the first time the event was physically held after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

The community needs to pay more attention to the early education of its children, as well as lifelong learning, Masagos stressed. “Improving our knowledge is important as we face an unpredictable future due to the impact of Covid-19 and economic uncertainties following the war in Ukraine,” he said.

But knowledge alone is not enough and the community must be animated by a competent religious sector. The minister announced that the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) will extend the Sheikh Isa Semait Scholarship, which supports high achieving madrasah students to pursue undergraduate studies at prestigious Islamic universities overseas.

“One million dollars will be set aside each year to award the scholarship to undergraduate students with potential in the religious sector. The scholarship will be offered to the best candidates starting this year. Graduates with potential can be offered scholarships for their postgraduate studies,” Masagos said, adding that more details will be announced later.

Separately, a team from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), led by academics Dr. Muhammad Nadjad Abdul Rahim and Associate Professor Yusuf Ali, is currently working to develop the young talents of the health community. scientific data, Masagos added.

This initiative, which is being carried out through health programs in Tampines and Choa Chu Kang, aims to inspire more students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

On the issue of families in rental apartments, Mr. Masagos said that the recently launched Dian@M3 project will continue its work to enable families to be independent and achieve social mobility by owning their own accommodation.

The scheme, introduced last year to address the problem of more Malaysian households choosing to live in rental accommodation, is run by the government’s M3 scheme – a nexus involving self-help group Mendaki, Muis and the Council of Executive Committees of Malayan People’s Association Activities.

Census data released in June 2021 showed the number of Malaysian households in one- and two-bedroom rental flats from the Housing Commission had more than doubled over the past decade, from around 9,100 in 2010 to around 18,600 in 2020.

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Dublin’s Muslim community gather to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan https://imos-journal.net/dublins-muslim-community-gather-to-celebrate-eid-at-the-end-of-ramadan/ Thu, 05 May 2022 14:20:56 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/dublins-muslim-community-gather-to-celebrate-eid-at-the-end-of-ramadan/ Muslims gathered at a mosque in Blanchardstown to celebrate Eid on Monday morning. The festival marks the end of Ramadan where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. Prayers were held at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center of Ireland with a bouncy castle and treats available for children. Read more: Meet the Muslim sisters from Ireland who […]]]>

Muslims gathered at a mosque in Blanchardstown to celebrate Eid on Monday morning.

The festival marks the end of Ramadan where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

Prayers were held at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center of Ireland with a bouncy castle and treats available for children.

Read more: Meet the Muslim sisters from Ireland who deliver supplies to Dublin’s homeless over Christmas

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri is the Chairman of the Irish Muslim Council for Peace and Integration and an Islamic theologian.

He explained that Eid is an extremely joyous holiday for Muslims in Dublin, a time to be spent with family.

He said: “Today is the day of Eid Al-Fitr. Muslims celebrate two celebrations throughout the year – Al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.

“Today marks the end of the month of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims have been fasting for 30 days during the day and spending the night in the mosque praying in reflection and contemplation.

“Now, after giving alms to the poor and needy, we come together to celebrate the day of Eid.



Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri



Men gather for prayers in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center Ireland
Men gather for prayers in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center Ireland

“It is a day of celebration and joy, a day of happiness. Muslims all over the world gather in mosques.

“It starts with morning prayer, then they will spend the whole day with their families, eating lots of sweets and exchanging lots of gifts.

“It’s a moment that the children are very excited for because they are going to receive their gifts.

“It’s a bit like Christmas for Muslims.”

A Dublin mother leaving prayers in the mosque told Dublin Live: “I have known this mosque for 15 years. You are very comfortable coming here because you can go to a restaurant with your family.



Zinedin, Mohsin, Sameema and Fayaaz
Zinedin, Mohsin, Sameema and Fayaaz

“When we were little, our mother used to say that you have 12 months in the year but that one month should be for the god.

“We will go to other people’s house to say hello and then we will have special food – Biryani.

“I will stay home with my husband and children.”

Friends Adila and Sofia, 11, were looking forward to a special dinner and time to catch up.



Shehleina, Bridget, Nailah, Shauna, Adila and Sofia
Shehleina, Bridget, Nailah, Shauna, Adila and Sofia

Adila said, “We fasted for a month and we are here for prayers. We have been here for the whole month of Ramadan. After that, we all gather together with our friends and family for dinner.”



Women and children gather to pray in Blanchardstown
Women and children gather to pray in Blanchardstown

Mohsin said it was hugely important to have a community in Dublin to celebrate with and he was excited for the rest of the festivities.

He said: “It is a happy and joyful day. We start with prayers to thank Allah. It is also a great gathering.

“After that, we eat sweets and a cup of Chai tea. The community is really very important. We all come from different parts of the world, but the only thing in common is this unity.

“There is a lot of stress, so we are not going to miss a small part of the celebrations!



Tamim, 2 years old
Tamim, 2 years old



Naila, 5 years old
Naila, 5 years old

“It’s also important for the new generation so that they don’t feel that everything is a pressure. There is always room for happiness.”

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Portland police are looking for a suspect in a fire, a possible bias crime at the Muslim community center https://imos-journal.net/portland-police-are-looking-for-a-suspect-in-a-fire-a-possible-bias-crime-at-the-muslim-community-center/ Thu, 05 May 2022 01:13:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/portland-police-are-looking-for-a-suspect-in-a-fire-a-possible-bias-crime-at-the-muslim-community-center/ Portland police released photos and video of a suspect in a fire at the Portland Muslim Community Center on Wednesday and said they are investigating arson and a possible bias crime. A CCTV camera caught a man in a blue hoodie pouring something into the back of the center building on North Vancouver Avenue and […]]]>

Portland police released photos and video of a suspect in a fire at the Portland Muslim Community Center on Wednesday and said they are investigating arson and a possible bias crime.

A CCTV camera caught a man in a blue hoodie pouring something into the back of the center building on North Vancouver Avenue and then setting it on fire at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday, police said in a press release. When the fire did not spread, the suspect tried a second time, police said.

“Fortunately, there was only minor damage,” the police statement said. The center is Oregon’s oldest Islamic community, founded in 1973, according to its website.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Meredith Hopper at (503) 823-3408 or Meredith.hopper@portlandoregon.gov. Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. People can submit anonymous tips at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/.

This is the second act of vandalism this week targeting a religious group. On Monday, staff at Congregation Beth Israel, the city’s Reform synagogue in northwest Portland, found an anti-Semitic death threat scrawled in yellow paint on the building’s exterior and scorch marks from the fires recent in front of the doors of the sanctuary.

The fire at the Muslim community center came a day after the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrated at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Portland Police released these photos of a man they identified as a suspect in a fire at the Portland Muslim Community Center on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

“This deeply disturbing incident reminds us that hatred and bigotry continue to pose a real threat to the Muslim community,” said board member Muz Afzal. of the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Afzal said all places of worship should take extra safety precautions and referred to the council’s safety guide.

“Places of worship must be safe places where communities can gather without fear of violent attacks,” Afzal said in a statement. “We urge Oregonians to watch out for their Muslim neighbors and watch out for them.”

–Margaret Haberman; mhaberman@oregonian.com

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Ho MCE assures the Muslim community that the government will solve their problems https://imos-journal.net/ho-mce-assures-the-muslim-community-that-the-government-will-solve-their-problems/ Wed, 04 May 2022 17:00:01 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/ho-mce-assures-the-muslim-community-that-the-government-will-solve-their-problems/ Mr Divine Bosson, Mr. Divine Bosson, Chief Municipal Executive of Ho (MCE), assured the Muslim community in the municipality that the stakeholders are committed to fully ensuring a lasting end to the internal conflicts. The region’s Muslim community has been caught in a leadership crisis, which has seen the Ho Central Mosque closed for about […]]]>

Mr Divine Bosson,

Mr. Divine Bosson, Chief Municipal Executive of Ho (MCE), assured the Muslim community in the municipality that the stakeholders are committed to fully ensuring a lasting end to the internal conflicts.

The region’s Muslim community has been caught in a leadership crisis, which has seen the Ho Central Mosque closed for about a year now.

The MCE was addressing the community during this year’s Ramadan prayers, which had been split in two because of the conflict, and said the local Security Council and others, including traditional leaders, tried to open the mosque.

“We are doing everything we can to solve the problem between you. It’s just a family that has a little misunderstanding, and as MCE and president of the municipal security council, we are doing everything we can to ensure that the mosque is open,” he said.

Mr. Bosson therefore warned the entities working against efforts to achieve peace, saying: “They must stop”.

“We follow law and order and will not tolerate anyone who goes against the law,” he added.

The MCE presented food products to the community.

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Singapore’s Muslim community to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa on May 3: Mufti https://imos-journal.net/singapores-muslim-community-to-celebrate-hari-raya-puasa-on-may-3-mufti/ Sun, 01 May 2022 23:35:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/singapores-muslim-community-to-celebrate-hari-raya-puasa-on-may-3-mufti/ Singapore’s weather conditions, which are often cloudy, generally make it difficult to see the crescent moon. Thus, Singapore uses a set of criteria commonly agreed between the MABIMS countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), the Mufti’s office said. This criterion has been reviewed and refined by MABIMS countries since 2017, and was finally revised in […]]]>

Singapore’s weather conditions, which are often cloudy, generally make it difficult to see the crescent moon. Thus, Singapore uses a set of criteria commonly agreed between the MABIMS countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), the Mufti’s office said.

This criterion has been reviewed and refined by MABIMS countries since 2017, and was finally revised in 2021.

The criteria are based on over 700 data points of crescent sightings from around the world. It also considers two parameters at sunset on the 29th day of the month – the elevation of the crescent moon and the degree of elongation of the sun and moon.

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) had in October 2021 revised the date of Hari Raya Puasa, also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, to May 3, 2022, based on astronomical calculations with the agreed revised criteria.

“Religious authorities from other MABIMS countries have reported that the crescent moon was visible in their sightings only at certain sites in their own territory,” the mufti’s office said.

Although the result differs, Dr Nazirudin said all individual results are “valid in their respective contexts” and everyone has adhered to the principle that Ramadan in each country does not exceed 30 days.

He added that differences in the start of the Hijri calendar in this region have occurred “very frequently” in the past. This happened as recently as 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2021 and may happen again in the future.

“Thus, in 2022, not all countries in the world (including Muslim-majority countries) celebrate Ramadan and Aidilfitri on the same dates. Indeed, the crescent moon has also not been sighted in a few other countries, and therefore they will celebrate Aidilfitri on Tuesday, May 3, like Singapore.”

Singapore’s Islamic community is expected to continue fasting on Monday to complete the 30-day fasting of Ramadan, the mufti said.

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Ups and downs for the Muslim community of Beaumont Leys as they look forward to Eid https://imos-journal.net/ups-and-downs-for-the-muslim-community-of-beaumont-leys-as-they-look-forward-to-eid/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 15:00:07 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/ups-and-downs-for-the-muslim-community-of-beaumont-leys-as-they-look-forward-to-eid/ To a passerby, the Home Farm Neighborhood Center is an unassuming community building, much like any other. But inside is one of the only mosques in the Beaumont Leys area, home to a close-knit religious community. In the neighborhood there is a growing Muslim community. But despite the strength of their community, many still face […]]]>

To a passerby, the Home Farm Neighborhood Center is an unassuming community building, much like any other. But inside is one of the only mosques in the Beaumont Leys area, home to a close-knit religious community.

In the neighborhood there is a growing Muslim community. But despite the strength of their community, many still face Islamophobia and adversity.

As Eid fast approaches at the end of the first Ramadan after Covid restrictions, the Islamic community has refused to be shaken.

READ MORE: Eid-ul-Fitr prayers and events take place in Leicester’s parks



The neighborhood center transformed into a mosque was created in 2010

One of the members of the congregation is Nafisa, who has lived in Beaumont Leys for 18 years. The mother of five didn’t speak a word of English when she moved to the area.

She has seen a change from what the area was like when she arrived and how residents now treat Muslims. But she still remembers unsavory incidents on her doorstep.

She said, “People came to my sons and asked them if they were girls, just because they were wearing a Thobi (religious garment). I saw a lot of Islamophobia in the region.

She also recalls once comforting a young boy from the mosque after he was attacked: “I could see the young boy’s face was dejected. He had scratches on his face and he first said he fell off his bike.

“I offered him a bandage and comforted him until he had the courage to tell me that three local boys had pushed him off his bike, without provocation, in broad daylight.”

Despite some of the attacks, Nafisa was able to draw strength from her local community. She said: “Having a mosque here in Beaumont Leys is a dream come true. The mosque is really a central part of my life, and to have a place of refuge that is also in a convenient location is amazing.”

Arifa, mother of two, has lived in Beaumont Leys for 10 years. Her experience of living in the region taught her to be bold and to defend herself.

She said: “There have been countless instances of non-Muslims looking at me and giving me critical looks. I do everything to ignore them. Just yesterday someone came to see me and asked me where I am going and why I wear my abaya, I explained to him that it is part of my religion.

Lateefat moved to the area from Nigeria in 2007 and feels that in her time at Beaumont Leys she did not experience much Islamophobia and appreciates having a strong Muslim community on the estate. She said: “The Muslim community in Beaumont Leys has grown.

“We do pizza nights for young girls, we used to have a group exercise class on Saturdays for women. There’s so much we have to offer here.”

Saima’s husband is the administrator of the mosque. She and her family have lived in Beaumont Leys for 15 years and have seen the area’s Muslim community grow during that time.

She said: “Even during our Friday Jummah prayers, there is usually a sea of ​​people gathering to pray. There have been days when there has been literally no space to pray, especially the last 10 days of Ramadan.



Mosque members celebrating Eid Al-Fitr before COVID
Mosque members celebrating Eid Al-Fitr before COVID

The key to the Muslim calendar is Ramadan and Eid. And in Beaumont Leys, this is no exception.

Lateefat said, “Ramadan is a mandatory fasting period for those who are healthy enough to fast. In the month of Ramadan, we fast from dawn to dusk. The time changes but we usually start around 4am and finish at 8pm.

“During this period, you not only abstain from eating and drinking, but from fighting, backbiting, swearing and all the things that are not good. We pray more intensely, so even when we cook or run daily errands, we recite the Quran.

“God said in the Quran, I have ordained fasting for you so that you can learn God-awareness and increase God-fear. Not fear in a negative way, but fear in regard to respect and reverence for God.

“The purpose of Ramadan is to carry what you have learned and done during the holy month to the rest of the year to make you a better person. This will improve our daily interactions, our daily activities not only with ourselves but with our community at large.

But fasting isn’t easy – something non-Muslims may not fully grasp. Lateefat said, “When Eid is in summer, we can fast for longer hours, sometimes even 18 hours.

“When it’s long, you tend to be more aware that you’re fasting. It’s also hot, so you naturally want to eat and drink more – but we remember there’s a reward at the end of it. and it’s something we get used to.”

Saima said: “Balancing fasting around your normal routine of going to work, taking your kids to school can be difficult – especially when trying to fit more worship into your day.”

“We also have to get up at night for prayers. So lack of sleep can also be very tiring.



Mosque members celebrating Eid before COVID
Mosque members celebrating Eid before COVID

Like all aspects of life, the coronavirus presents challenges for Ramadan and Eid. Saima opened up about how much she missed coming together to worship with each other during the lockdown restrictions.

“Before Covid, the whole community sits down to share food, we recite the Quran together,” she said. “I really missed that.”

Lateefat said, “As a community, we usually invite each other to each other’s homes for Iftar. It couldn’t happen during Covid, but at least this year we can come together to enjoy it.

“There was a time in 2021 when we couldn’t go to each other’s houses, and a friend of mine dropped food on my doorstep just so I could feel a tiny bit of what it was supposed to feel like.”

“During Ramadan we were packed, and every Iftar this month, I thought to myself, I wish we could have Iftar every day for the rest of the year.”

Eid al-Fitr, which means breaking the fast, is a notable time of year for Muslims that commemorates the end of Ramadan. Traditionally, Eid al-Fitr takes place, in line with the sighting of a new crescent moon – this year, which is set to fall on Monday, May 2, which also happens to be a public holiday.

Saima said, “On the eve of Eid, we will clean the mosque and decorate it with balloons, garlands and posters to make it look pretty for the morning Eid prayer. When the kids come they love to see all the shiny decorations, and after the Eid prayer we go on a trip to Rutland Water.

Lateefat said, “Usually we have a BBQ here at the mosque all day long with a bouncy castle for the kids, but this year we are back so we wanted Eid to be bigger and better. Everyone will bring own food and we’ll have a BBQ there.

“In this community, we have people from all walks of life, so Eid really gives us the chance to participate in these different traditional cultures and cuisines. We have this communal mutual love, no matter where you’re from, we’re like a branch of a tree, we all love each other very much and that’s something people can take away from this community.

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Deputy PM reminds Muslim community to follow recommended hygiene practices for Hari Raya https://imos-journal.net/deputy-pm-reminds-muslim-community-to-follow-recommended-hygiene-practices-for-hari-raya/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 16:01:05 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/deputy-pm-reminds-muslim-community-to-follow-recommended-hygiene-practices-for-hari-raya/ Wee (from third from left), Dr Sim, Hilmy (third from right) and other councilors pose for a photo during tonight’s illumination ceremony at the White Cat Statue in conjunction with the next Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival. – Photo by Chimon Upon KUCHING (April 27): With the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri fast approaching, the Muslim […]]]>

Wee (from third from left), Dr Sim, Hilmy (third from right) and other councilors pose for a photo during tonight’s illumination ceremony at the White Cat Statue in conjunction with the next Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING (April 27): With the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri fast approaching, the Muslim community is urged to observe recommended hygiene practices, Sarawak Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has said.

The Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government added that the state government will no doubt slowly and safely relax standard operating procedures (SOPs) in the endemic phase of Covid-19, including the removal of face mask mandate in open areas.

“I am very happy for this upcoming Hari Raya festival because after two years we can finally come together again to celebrate and indulge in warm Sarawakian hospitality,” he said after a simple illumination ceremony of the iconic “White Cat” statue. at Padungan roundabout on Tuesday evening.

Dr Sim also praised Sarawakians for scrupulously adhering to the SOPs set by the authorities over the past two years, with success resulting in the state having one of the highest vaccination rates as well as the number of deaths. of Covid-19 the lowest in the country.

On another note, Dr. Sim also hopes that a cat design contest can be held in conjunction with the upcoming Kuching Festival and will have a signature cat statue design associated with the people of Kuching.

“I also want to see some cat statues erected along the boulevard leading to the entrance of the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) headquarters and it can serve as another scenic spot for taking photos,” he said. declared.

Meanwhile, South Kuching Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng, who was also present at the illumination ceremony, said decorations traditionally adorn the white cat statue at every festival.

“I’m very proud to be the Mayor of MBKS because not only do we live in a multi-racial community, but our iconic white cat statue in Padungan here also ‘celebrates’ various festivals,” Wee said.

Deputy Mayor of South Kuching, Hilmy Othman, said an announcement on further relaxation of SOPs would be made soon and he urged the Muslim community to always observe the highest standards of sanitary practices.

“I believe there will be more home visits during this celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and I hope everyone has fun this festive season. I take this opportunity to wish all Muslim brothers and sisters a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” Hilmy said.






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Scarborough’s Muslim community is disrupted as police search for motive in drive-by shooting injuring five men https://imos-journal.net/scarboroughs-muslim-community-is-disrupted-as-police-search-for-motive-in-drive-by-shooting-injuring-five-men/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/scarboroughs-muslim-community-is-disrupted-as-police-search-for-motive-in-drive-by-shooting-injuring-five-men/ As Toronto police investigate the motive for a drive-by shooting that injured five men early Saturday morning, some members of Scarborough’s Muslim community are urging people to take extra precautions, but also to stay calm. Muslims are currently celebrating the holy month of Ramadan. Police said after nightly prayers at the mosque, the five men […]]]>

As Toronto police investigate the motive for a drive-by shooting that injured five men early Saturday morning, some members of Scarborough’s Muslim community are urging people to take extra precautions, but also to stay calm.

Muslims are currently celebrating the holy month of Ramadan. Police said after nightly prayers at the mosque, the five men gathered at Cedar Heights Plaza at Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East to find a place to eat.

Police said they believe six shots were fired at the men around 1am.

Abdul Majid Bala, president of the Scarborough Muslim Cultural Centre, said he knew one of the men, who was seriously injured. He said he came to meet the center group before the shooting, which is two blocks away.

Bala said the man he knows was leading the prayers that night. He said more than five men had gathered, others from homes and other places.

He wants to know if the violence has anything to do with Islamophobia.

“We’re more interested in knowing why than who did it,” he told CTV News Toronto on Monday.

However, it’s a different feeling at the Scarborough Muslim Association, also in the neighborhood.

Secretary Yusuf Ingar told CTV News Toronto that he has spoken with the families of the victims. He doesn’t want people in the community to be scared or panicked.

“We have no reason to believe this was a hate crime at this point,” Ingar said in a statement. “We believe it is absolutely essential that the suspect(s) be apprehended before we can begin to heal as a community.”

Police said they were reviewing and gathering CCTV, and the reason for the shooting is still under investigation.

“Just to be on the safe side, we notified the Hate Crimes Unit, just to marshal more investigative resources. We don’t know what the motive for the shooting was,” Const. David Hopkinson said Monday.

Police said a car drove north on Markham Road after the shooting.

Hanzlah Khan is the Imam Administrator of Jaame Masjid Scarborough, which is opposite where the shooting took place. He said he spoke with one of the victims’ fathers who told him he was grateful his son was alive.

“He is fine and of course the parents are worried, and the congregants are worried about the whole congregation,” Khan said.

He said leaders had spoken with the congregation to condemn gun violence.

“For sure our community was surprised and hurt by this,” he said. “We told them to be very careful when they go out and not to wander.”

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Calgary’s Muslim community enjoys more normal Ramadan after two years of pandemic https://imos-journal.net/calgarys-muslim-community-enjoys-more-normal-ramadan-after-two-years-of-pandemic/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/calgarys-muslim-community-enjoys-more-normal-ramadan-after-two-years-of-pandemic/ After two years of health restrictions on gatherings, Calgary’s Muslim community can finally enjoy a more normal Ramadan. Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon. It is about fasting during the day, and a meal shared with relatives in the […]]]>

After two years of health restrictions on gatherings, Calgary’s Muslim community can finally enjoy a more normal Ramadan.

Ramadan is celebrated in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon. It is about fasting during the day, and a meal shared with relatives in the evening.

“Ramadan is…teaching us how people feel when they have no food, and they eat once a day, and patience,” Umar Mughal said.

Around 7:30 p.m., the Mughal Houzi family prepares the evening meal at their home in northeast Calgary. At sunset, around 8:15 p.m., they will break the fast – and with more company than last year.

“Last year, because of health restrictions, families were separated. This year, it’s a bit like before,” says Naima Houzi, Mughal’s sister-in-law.

Naima Houzi, left, and Umar Mughal, right, enjoy family gatherings during Ramadan this year. (Axel Tardieu/Radio-Canada)

During the pandemic, many of the family’s meals were prepared by videoconference, she says. Last Ramadan, they went door to door dropping off food, including spring rolls, salad, soup and bread.

But with the return of gatherings, she says families are able to carefully rediscover the spirit of Ramadan.

“The last two years weren’t Ramadan at all,” Houzi said.

“We always try to keep the spirit, but… Ramadan is [a] meet. You bring your soup, I bring my salad. Someone else will bring the bread. And then we share it together.”

During Ramadan, some Muslims also gather for supper in mosques or restaurants.

And Fauzi Azouz, owner and chef of the Bistro – Pizzeria & Café, says that 80% of his evening customers are Muslims who have come to break their fast.

“It’s like a return to normal, even with the risk still there,” Azouz said. “But people…really need that social life. You know, they’ve missed it.”

In Calgary, the month of Ramadan began on April 2 and ends with the sighting of the next crescent moon in early May.

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London’s Muslim community reacts to Scarborough shooting https://imos-journal.net/londons-muslim-community-reacts-to-scarborough-shooting/ Sun, 17 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/londons-muslim-community-reacts-to-scarborough-shooting/ The Toronto Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a drive-by shooting at a mosque on Saturday that left five people injured. “The brazenness of this is more concerning,” said the acting superintendent of Toronto police. said David Rydzik. “I mean, these are individuals who come from, they are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, they have […]]]>

The Toronto Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a drive-by shooting at a mosque on Saturday that left five people injured.

“The brazenness of this is more concerning,” said the acting superintendent of Toronto police. said David Rydzik. “I mean, these are individuals who come from, they are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, they have just been praying, they are gathering here because they have been fasting all day.”

Members of the London Muslim Mosque share their condolences after Saturday’s shooting.

“Very tragic and very triggering because the first thought is that this is another hate crime against Muslims,” Aarij Anwer, director of religious affairs at the Muslim Mosque in London told CTV. News.

The shooting in Toronto comes about 10 months after the suspected terrorist attack on a Muslim family in London. Four members of the Afzaal family were run over by a truck while out for a walk last June.

Although Toronto police say there is no evidence at this stage of the investigation that the men were targeted because of their faith, Anwer says that’s still five lives too many affected by a senseless attack.

“Ultimately, it was still an attack on innocent people who were identifiable as Muslims, returning from prayer. It’s just a very disturbing trend,” Anwer said.

Police say the five men have serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officers are still looking for the suspect or suspects involved.

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