Located just east of High Park in Toronto’s beautiful Roncesvalles Village, Jami Mosque is the oldest Canadian Islamic centre in the city and is often referred to as “the mother of all mosques in Toronto." Originally built in 1910 as a Presbyterian church, the building was purchased in 1969 by Toronto's small immigrant Muslim community and converted into the city's first Islamic worship centre. Over the last few decades Jami Mosque has become a beloved institution not only by its local and extremely diverse Muslim congregants but also the wider Toronto community at large.
Jami Mosque continues to support its local community as an inclusive, welcoming place for all to worship and by offering specialized Islamic services including: Friday Jummah Prayer Service, Eid Al-Fitr & Eid Al-Adha Prayer Services, Marriage Services, Counseling Services, Funeral Services, Islamic Education, Youth Programs, Community Service, and more.
What is Islam?
Islam is the second largest religion in the world as there are over 2 billion Muslims across the globe and over 1 million in Canada. Islam is an Arabic word meaning peace & submission. As a religion, Islam calls for complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of one and the only Allah [God] and that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is his final messenger.
Muhammad was the Last Messenger of God, sent to complete the teachings of Abraham. He was born in Mecca in the year 570 C.E. at the beginning of the Middle Ages. Though revered as the Final Messenger, Muhammad is not worshipped and idolatry is forbidden in Islam. All Muslims must strive to live according to the teachings of the Koran and the Sunnah.
The Quran is the final revelation from Allah, received by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from the Angel Gabriel. The Quran has not been changed since it was originally compiled following the death of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 632 C.E. The Sunnah is a collection of hadith [teachings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his most trusted Companions] for all Muslims to follow.
Pillars of Islam
“I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except God, and that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.” لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ ٱلل
Required five times a day in the direction of the Kaabaa in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
In the holy month Ramadan (9th month of the Muslim calendar) Muslims abstain from consuming food, beverages, and sexual activity from dawn to sunset. It is to teach Muslims the pain and suffering of the poor and hungry and to make them humble. Many Muslims engage in numerous charitable activities throughout the month of Ramadan.
Proportionately fixed contribution from the wealth and earnings of those who can afford it, customarily calculated at 2.5% (or 1/40th) of total savings and wealth. There is great reward for those who are generous and help the poor so Zakat is encouraged throughout the year but also especially during the month of Ramadan.
All Muslims who are financially and physically able to must go on a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia where the Kaabaa is located and complete all required rituals.