Ramadhan 1: Mon. May 6
as per the Fiqh Council of North America
. Eid ul-fitr: Tues. June 4
Remember to pay fitrah ($10/person) well in advance of eid. Fidya for anyone unable to fast is also $10/person/day.
Saturday lecture & iftar program
Tarawih begins May 5 after isha (Qiyam-ul-lail at 2 am in the last ten nights: May 24 - June 2)
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.
The Islamic Institute of Toronto is looking forward to welcoming Ramadhan 1440AH. We sincerely hope that you will join us as we seek the many blessings this month has to offer. Allah, Subhaanahu Wa Ta'ala, reminds us... Continued
Ramadhan is a time of spiritual transformation and community spirit. We can only achieve the objectives of Ramadhan by making a concerted effort to fulfil our obligations of fasting, prayers, charity, recitation, and reflection of the Qur'an... Continued...
Streamed live every night!
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
Gems of Qur'anic wisdom: Mon./Wed./Fri. 15 min. before Esha adhan
A quick glimpse into the vast treasure of the Qur'an, where our scholars highlight lessons from select verses - with Sh. Asad Yakob, Sh. Abdullah Hakim Quick, Sh. Ahmad Kutty and Sh. Musleh Khan.
New Muslim Support Circle
Fasting can be a challenge for a new Muslim! Are you a new Muslim who would like to join a support circle this Ramadan?
Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick will facilitate an informal group every Wednesday, one hour before Maghrib. Then join us for iftar!
→ Registration required
Free evening child-care during ramadhan: Fri. & Sat. evening
On Fridays and Saturdays, we are pleased to offer free baby-sitting/child-care
(for children 3 - 10 years old) during isha & the first eight rakah of tarawih.
→ Registration required
Lecture & iftar: Saturdays, 1 hour before maghrib (Please arrive by 7 pm)
These lectures will be streamed live on facebook, one hour before iftar
May 11: Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick
Ramadhan in context
May 18: Shaikh Ahmad Kutty
Enhance your spirituality in Ramadhan
May 25: Shaikh Abdool Hamid
Month of the Quran
June 1: Shaikh Musleh Khan
The Prophet after Ramadhan
• May 11, 6:30 pm
Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick - The story of Prophet Idris
• June 1, 7 pm
Shaikh Musleh Khan - The story of Prophet Nuh
This Ramadhan, make sure you receive our lectures, videos, and audio interviews via our podcast: PC, Android, iOS (or visit iit.podbean.com)
• 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 Ramadhan 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...
Ramadhan volunteer sign-up
Many opportunites to gain rewards in the blessed month of Ramadhan - sign-up here if you're interested!
Join us for extra prayers in the early morning, during the last ten nights.
→ Duas for qiyam
Khatam-al-Qur'an program: May 26, 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 4, 8 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)
Eid carnival & food bazaar: June 9, 12-6 pm
Join us for a day filled with fun and community spirit. Delicious food, bouncy castles, rides, henna, face painting, basketball, soccer, women's badminton and much more!
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