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Toronto Mosque to host LGBT friendly Ramadan prayer and dinner

Toronto Mosque to host LGBT friendly Ramadan prayer and dinner

A group seeking to fundraise to hold an LGBT friendly iftar prayer and dinner to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has nearly reached their target on the Indiegogo crowd funding website.

Canada’s Universalist Muslims are an LGBT welcoming group of progressive Muslims and they are hoping to hold the 10th Salaam Peace Iftar later this month at the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Toronto Unity Mosque.

With 5 days to go group is just $152 short of its fundraising goal of $500 and the group is hopeful of possibly exceeding that target.

During Ramadan Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and then gather together at dusk to pray and feast – referred to as an ‘iftar.’

The Salaam Peace Iftar began 10 years ago in Toronto by Muslim Canadian lawyer El-Farouk Khaki with the help of his partner, Troy Jackson and friend Dr. Laury Silvers.

The three co-founded the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Toronto Unity Mosque together as a LGBT affirming space in which prayers are conducted for mixed gender congregations and where any gender may lead as imam.

The mosque welcomes people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression and people of all faiths.

Universalist Muslims say the Salaam Peace Iftar is one of only a handful of LGBT welcoming iftars held in Canada each year but the mosque needs sponsors to cover the cost of the event.

‘Please donate to this worthy cause and help build an inclusive, loving Muslim community in Canada from the ground up,’ Salam Peace Iftar fundraiser Shahla Khan Salter said.

‘Please give. Please share. I have seen what we need raised in traditional mosques in less than an hour. I know our part of the community is young, does not accept petrodollars and is not well known but that is all the more reason to give.’

Universalist Muslims are a not-for-profit group incorporated under The Canada Not-for Profit Incorporation Act and manages the group Muslims for Progressive Values MPV Ummah Canada.

The month of Ramadan runs from July 10 to August 7 this year.