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THE SUFI TRADITION IN TORONTO

By: Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad

'Aabideen (Worshippers of Allah)

Having established the first mosque in Canada in Edmonton as well as in Toronto, Canada's largest city, those in the sufi tradition have gone on to build other masajid and establish musalla (prayer places) and madaris (Muslim religious schools) in Toronto. These devotees never tire of worshipping Allah Ta'ala. Besides the five times daily prayers, they yearn to pray the sunnahs of tahajjud, ishraq, dhuhaa, awwabeen and taraweh as well as salatul Tasbeeh. They take the Qur'an Kareem, the Hadith Shareef and the Asma u'l Husna to heart and they make sure they avoid haram (the forbidden), earn halal and eat halal (the permissible), and keep themselves taahir (ritually pure) with wudu (ablution) at all times.

And among the hidden devotees are those who observe Sunnah fast on the ninth and tenth of Muharram (yaumul 'ashura); nisf Sha'ban (15th of Sha'ban); six days of Shawwal (after 'Eid); yaumul 'Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah); every 13th, 14th and 15th of the month (following the Muslim calendar); and every Thursday and Monday, the day our beloved Prophet Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam was born.

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