SASKATOON — Rapid growth in Saskatoon’s Muslim community has prompted an unconventional solution to accommodate late-night Ramadan prayers. The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (IAS) has come to a tentative agreement with the city to use the Saskatoon Fieldhouse for nightly prayers, to avoid disturbing the mosque’s neighbours.
“It’s like moving Christmas out of your living room,” area Coun. Charlie Clark said of the contingency plan, which is meant to appease all parties.
The Sunni Orthodox mosque has been located in an old school building on Copland Crescent in the Grosvenor Park neighbourhood since 1993. After years of building tension, the IAS and the mosque’s neighbours have spent months planning for this year’s Ramadan, which begins June 29.
While fasting from sunrise to sunset for 30 days, many Muslims gather for nightly prayers. But with Ramadan starting just eight days after the longest day of the year, at Saskatoon’s relatively high latitude, it means prayers won’t begin until around 11 p.m. each night, explained Omaer Jamil, president of the IAS. More>>>