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00 - Lloydminster Islamic Centre - Saskatchewan - Saturday June 25 2016

Lloydminister Islamic Centre is literally a block and a half from the Alberta border.

You’ll easily find it at 4610 49 Avenue in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan :

“From HWY 16 go one block north on 49 Ave and it is located on the left. Lloydminster Islamic Centre is on the South of Post Office”

The Masjid is on a block that has as its neighbours: the town’s four-plex cinema, the Post Office on one side, the Native Friendship Centre as their other next door neighbour, and the Regional Municipal town hall a block away.

The building’s architectural design would stand out were it located in Toronto or even Vancouver.

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It’s Friday Morning, Day 19 of Ramadan 2016 and I’ve arrived by bus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I intend to attend Jumah Prayers in the City’s oldest masjid shortly.

Before Jumah, Evakatrina and I met inside the Main Branch of the Public Library, a short walk from the bus terminal.

We’ve been following each other on Twitter for years, yet this is only the second time we’ve met in person.


 

We recorded this 12 minute podcast where Evakatrina shares with us her experience of Being a Muslim in Saskatoon.

InshAllah, you enjoy our chat.

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01 - Labbaik - 15 year old Taraweeh Prayer Leader - Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Regina - Thursday June 23 2016

After Iftar and before Isha, I randomly sit down on the main floor of Islamic Association of Saskatchewan, Regina.

Nearby are a couple of young brothers. One of them is Labbaik.

Originally from Toronto, Labbaik has lived in Regina since he was nine. Today, he’s 15.

Labbaik ended up in Regina, because his dad wanted to sponsor his uncle into Canada, and found it would be easier to do so from Saskatchewan, rather than from Toronto.

The familiy then moved from Ontario to Saskatchewan to take advantage of the generous Provincial sponsorship/nominee program at the time. It has since tightened up.

At 15, Labbaik has already memorized the entire Qur’an. Making him Hafiz of Qur’an.

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( InshAllah, I’ll be updating numerous recent days’ posts, like this one here, that have only embedded tweets, with full stories and reports as soon as I find good wifi! InshAllah.)


Hena Khan, whom we met in Winnipeg on Day 14 of 30 Masjids CANADA, was interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio One’s The Current.

The CBC interview is a good bookend to our Day 14 story.

Worth a listen…

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For Day 16 of Ramadan 2016, a video tour in and around Winnipeg’s Grand Mosque, One of two under stewardship by The Manitoba Islamic Assocation, at 2445 Waverley Street.