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Ramadhan mubarak!

Ramadhan 1: Saturday May 27 as per the Fiqh Council of North America. Eid ul-fitr: Sunday June 25

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 at 2 am in the last ten nights
Taraweeh led by Qari Walid Bensalem & reputable qurraa
Gems of Qur'anic wisdom: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 15 min. before adhaan for isha - a quick glimpse into the vast treasure of the Qur'an, where our scholars highlight lessons from select verses
Chairman's letter: The month of Ramadhan will soon be with us once again! It is our hope, Insha'Allah, to provide an atmosphere of peace, calm and tranquility that our congregation will find spiritually uplifting. We hope that you can join us. Continued...
Iftar sponsorship: e-mail iit@islam.ca or contact the office to sponsor an iftar, or contribute to sponsorship
Have a #WasteFreeRamadhan: Please bring your own reusable water bottles - no bottled water will be distributed for isha/taraweeh (IIT-branded reusable bottles will be on sale); and ensure shoes are neatly placed on shoe-racks - no shoes on the ground.



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

May 27: Shaikh Abdool Hamid

June 3: Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

June 10: Shaikh Musleh Khan

June 17: Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick


Ramadhan Food Drive

The IIT Youth Council's annual Ramadhan food drive is back! Each month, over 850,000 Canadians turn to food banks for help. Food is an essential human right. Ramadhan is a perfect reminder to us all about this. Please help those who are struggling to put food on their table.

Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the IIT during the month of Ramadhan. Spread the word, and invite others to this generous cause.

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...


Khatam-al-Qur'an program: June 21, isha

Join us as we complete the recitation of the Quran, make supplications for acceptance, forgiveness, and mercy, and seek support for our programs and services. Sweets will be distributed, bring your friends & family.


Eid carnival & food bazaar: July 9, 11 am - 4 pm

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

Games, entertainment, and food bazaar


Zakaat 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 Zakaat: 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)