Celebration of Guidance
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of Guidance

Saturday Night Community Gathering

IN PRAISE OF GOD & HIS APOSTLE WITH SHAYKH HAMDI BEN AISSA

It is a highly recommended practice of the Prophet and his Companions to gather to remember and celebrate the communal blessing of God’s sending to humanity the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This is a practice upheld by Muslim scholars and communities throughout history.

The Prophet himself had designated poets who sang songs in praise of Allah and His Messengerﷺ in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. We gather, as individuals and families, to uphold this beautiful – and often sadly neglected sunnah – every Saturday night.

We recite from Habib Umar ben Hafidh’s great poem on the life and character of our Beloved ProphetThe Shimmering Light.

Each gathering includes inspiring teachings on how to increase in love and connection with God and His Messenger.

This weekly gathering is ideal for both spiritual upliftment and for coming together as a community It is also an important teaching tool developed by our ancestors in order to pass Islam down to the next generation, and this is one of the intentions of this gathering at the Rhoda Masjid here in Ottawa.

This gathering consists of three main portions: 1) the recitation of major events in the life story of the Prophet  2) a lesson on how to be better seekers of God 3) a community (potluck) dinner.

YOUTH: you are particiculary encouraged to bring your youth to this event, in order to have them connect to Islam through song and poetry. There are many oportunities for youth to serve during this event by making tea, bringing it to others, helping with the potluck, and so on

A note on children:  Children who are able to sit still and quietly are welcome to attend this gathering. Please do not bring children who have no experience with sitting still or quietly for long periods of time. Because the event runs late, we ask that you prepare your children by giving them a nap during the day. Children should also be prepared by having a bath and dressing in formal clothing, and you should talk to them about how special it is that they get to attend this special gathering in honour of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Teach your children to recite parts of the poem – at least the Salawat: the words “Sal Allahu ala Muhammad.” This phrase is recited after every line of the poem we recite. Children should all participate in this recitation.

It’s also a good idea to teach your children some of the songs that are sung so they can sing along, or some new songs you want to share, about love for the Prophet . Children who have prepared a song are welcome to sing it up at the front to sing their song. Please let Shaykh Hamdi know ahead of time.

All of the above preparation helps children get into the right mindset for going to a place of worship where reverence and ceremony are key. It is also a way to instil in our children the Sunnah habits related to gathering in prayer.

The potluck is a chance to meet community members, cement stronger bonds, share food. It provides an opportunity for your children and teens to practice the manners of eating in community: serving others first, helping to set out food and clean it up, and so on. Please make an effort to encourage your children to serve in these ways: our volunteers are happy to support your children and help them get involved.

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Celebration of Guidance
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of Guidance

Saturday Night Community Gathering

IN PRAISE OF GOD & HIS APOSTLE WITH SHAYKH HAMDI BEN AISSA

It is a highly recommended practice of the Prophet and his Companions to gather to remember and celebrate the communal blessing of God’s sending to humanity the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This is a practice upheld by Muslim scholars and communities throughout history.

The Prophet himself had designated poets who sang songs in praise of Allah and His Messengerﷺ in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. We gather, as individuals and families, to uphold this beautiful – and often sadly neglected sunnah – every Saturday night.

We recite from Habib Umar ben Hafidh’s great poem on the life and character of our Beloved ProphetThe Shimmering Light.

Each gathering includes inspiring teachings on how to increase in love and connection with God and His Messenger.

This weekly gathering is ideal for both spiritual upliftment and for coming together as a community It is also an important teaching tool developed by our ancestors in order to pass Islam down to the next generation, and this is one of the intentions of this gathering at the Rhoda Masjid here in Ottawa.

This gathering consists of three main portions: 1) the recitation of major events in the life story of the Prophet  2) a lesson on how to be better seekers of God 3) a community (potluck) dinner.

YOUTH: you are particiculary encouraged to bring your youth to this event, in order to have them connect to Islam through song and poetry. There are many oportunities for youth to serve during this event by making tea, bringing it to others, helping with the potluck, and so on

A note on children:  Children who are able to sit still and quietly are welcome to attend this gathering. Please do not bring children who have no experience with sitting still or quietly for long periods of time. Because the event runs late, we ask that you prepare your children by giving them a nap during the day. Children should also be prepared by having a bath and dressing in formal clothing, and you should talk to them about how special it is that they get to attend this special gathering in honour of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Teach your children to recite parts of the poem – at least the Salawat: the words “Sal Allahu ala Muhammad.” This phrase is recited after every line of the poem we recite. Children should all participate in this recitation.

It’s also a good idea to teach your children some of the songs that are sung so they can sing along, or some new songs you want to share, about love for the Prophet . Children who have prepared a song are welcome to sing it up at the front to sing their song. Please let Shaykh Hamdi know ahead of time.

All of the above preparation helps children get into the right mindset for going to a place of worship where reverence and ceremony are key. It is also a way to instil in our children the Sunnah habits related to gathering in prayer.

The potluck is a chance to meet community members, cement stronger bonds, share food. It provides an opportunity for your children and teens to practice the manners of eating in community: serving others first, helping to set out food and clean it up, and so on. Please make an effort to encourage your children to serve in these ways: our volunteers are happy to support your children and help them get involved.

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Celebration of Guidance
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of Guidance

Saturday Night Community Gathering

IN PRAISE OF GOD & HIS APOSTLE WITH SHAYKH HAMDI BEN AISSA

It is a highly recommended practice of the Prophet and his Companions to gather to remember and celebrate the communal blessing of God’s sending to humanity the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This is a practice upheld by Muslim scholars and communities throughout history.

The Prophet himself had designated poets who sang songs in praise of Allah and His Messengerﷺ in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. We gather, as individuals and families, to uphold this beautiful – and often sadly neglected sunnah – every Saturday night.

We recite from Habib Umar ben Hafidh’s great poem on the life and character of our Beloved ProphetThe Shimmering Light.

Each gathering includes inspiring teachings on how to increase in love and connection with God and His Messenger.

This weekly gathering is ideal for both spiritual upliftment and for coming together as a community It is also an important teaching tool developed by our ancestors in order to pass Islam down to the next generation, and this is one of the intentions of this gathering at the Rhoda Masjid here in Ottawa.

This gathering consists of three main portions: 1) the recitation of major events in the life story of the Prophet  2) a lesson on how to be better seekers of God 3) a community (potluck) dinner.

YOUTH: you are particiculary encouraged to bring your youth to this event, in order to have them connect to Islam through song and poetry. There are many oportunities for youth to serve during this event by making tea, bringing it to others, helping with the potluck, and so on

A note on children:  Children who are able to sit still and quietly are welcome to attend this gathering. Please do not bring children who have no experience with sitting still or quietly for long periods of time. Because the event runs late, we ask that you prepare your children by giving them a nap during the day. Children should also be prepared by having a bath and dressing in formal clothing, and you should talk to them about how special it is that they get to attend this special gathering in honour of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Teach your children to recite parts of the poem – at least the Salawat: the words “Sal Allahu ala Muhammad.” This phrase is recited after every line of the poem we recite. Children should all participate in this recitation.

It’s also a good idea to teach your children some of the songs that are sung so they can sing along, or some new songs you want to share, about love for the Prophet . Children who have prepared a song are welcome to sing it up at the front to sing their song. Please let Shaykh Hamdi know ahead of time.

All of the above preparation helps children get into the right mindset for going to a place of worship where reverence and ceremony are key. It is also a way to instil in our children the Sunnah habits related to gathering in prayer.

The potluck is a chance to meet community members, cement stronger bonds, share food. It provides an opportunity for your children and teens to practice the manners of eating in community: serving others first, helping to set out food and clean it up, and so on. Please make an effort to encourage your children to serve in these ways: our volunteers are happy to support your children and help them get involved.

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Celebration of Guidance
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of Guidance

Saturday Night Community Gathering

IN PRAISE OF GOD & HIS APOSTLE WITH SHAYKH HAMDI BEN AISSA

It is a highly recommended practice of the Prophet and his Companions to gather to remember and celebrate the communal blessing of God’s sending to humanity the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This is a practice upheld by Muslim scholars and communities throughout history.

The Prophet himself had designated poets who sang songs in praise of Allah and His Messengerﷺ in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. We gather, as individuals and families, to uphold this beautiful – and often sadly neglected sunnah – every Saturday night.

We recite from Habib Umar ben Hafidh’s great poem on the life and character of our Beloved ProphetThe Shimmering Light.

Each gathering includes inspiring teachings on how to increase in love and connection with God and His Messenger.

This weekly gathering is ideal for both spiritual upliftment and for coming together as a community It is also an important teaching tool developed by our ancestors in order to pass Islam down to the next generation, and this is one of the intentions of this gathering at the Rhoda Masjid here in Ottawa.

This gathering consists of three main portions: 1) the recitation of major events in the life story of the Prophet  2) a lesson on how to be better seekers of God 3) a community (potluck) dinner.

YOUTH: you are particiculary encouraged to bring your youth to this event, in order to have them connect to Islam through song and poetry. There are many oportunities for youth to serve during this event by making tea, bringing it to others, helping with the potluck, and so on

A note on children:  Children who are able to sit still and quietly are welcome to attend this gathering. Please do not bring children who have no experience with sitting still or quietly for long periods of time. Because the event runs late, we ask that you prepare your children by giving them a nap during the day. Children should also be prepared by having a bath and dressing in formal clothing, and you should talk to them about how special it is that they get to attend this special gathering in honour of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Teach your children to recite parts of the poem – at least the Salawat: the words “Sal Allahu ala Muhammad.” This phrase is recited after every line of the poem we recite. Children should all participate in this recitation.

It’s also a good idea to teach your children some of the songs that are sung so they can sing along, or some new songs you want to share, about love for the Prophet . Children who have prepared a song are welcome to sing it up at the front to sing their song. Please let Shaykh Hamdi know ahead of time.

All of the above preparation helps children get into the right mindset for going to a place of worship where reverence and ceremony are key. It is also a way to instil in our children the Sunnah habits related to gathering in prayer.

The potluck is a chance to meet community members, cement stronger bonds, share food. It provides an opportunity for your children and teens to practice the manners of eating in community: serving others first, helping to set out food and clean it up, and so on. Please make an effort to encourage your children to serve in these ways: our volunteers are happy to support your children and help them get involved.

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Lotus Blossom Retreat
Aug
25
to Aug 30

Lotus Blossom Retreat

Healing with the Hadith

The Lotus Blossom Retreat is a Spiritual Retreat featuring classes, contemplation, and communal worship. Each day brings you together with nature, yourself, your fellow retreaters, and your Creator.

Get ready for a full experience including hiking,  canoeing, communal meals, and fellowship (songs and storytelling) around the campfire. 

In the company of four teachers of Islamic spirituality, and alongside sisters and brothers in faith, you will have the chance to hear, heal, and head forward on your journey to God.

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Eid Festival
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Eid Festival

The ultimate Eid Festival! Come out for an open-air live performance by the one and only Kattam.

Kattam is ready to regale you and your children with the sound of the n'goni, balafon, djembe, naffar, derbouka and dhol and have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet as you're carried by ancient rhythms and ancestral sounds. "Everywhere Kattam goes, families just adore him. A must-see!" - Luc Denoncourt, Allô Vedettes

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Eid Dinner
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Eid Dinner

You don't want to miss this wonderful opportunity to treat your friends, family, and colleagues to a delicious meal of maqlouba: fragrant rice with chicken, eggplant, potatoes and a garnish of pomegranate! BBQ and vegetarian options also available.

Delight your palate while supporting our non-profit space - every purchase is actually a DONATION that lets us keep our doors wide open!

A great way to celebrate Eid! There'll be live poetry and festive songs, plus epic desert items like our famous honey cheesecake and gluten-free brownies, delicious hot and cold drinks including mango lassi and bubble tea. Enjoy the summer vibe in our beautiful and spacious garden and end the night around our bonfire.

We can't wait to host you and your loved ones for this happy occasion with some of our most delicious festive dishes, treats, and drinks. No one does festive like us.

Let's meet and eat - get to know someone better, get to know someone new. It's all possible here at the Rhoda, where life is not a DIY project! #livingincommunity #gettingtoknowyou #communitybuilding#buildingbridges

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Day of Arafah Livestream
Aug
10
5:30 PM17:30

Day of Arafah Livestream

The Day of Arafah is the peak of the year, the best day in all your year. Don't end it any other way than in praying to your Lord. 

Your prayers on this day are answered.

Join us from wherever you are in the world to participate in some of the most heartfelt and moving dua (supplications, recitations, and meditation) that bring us to the Well of God where we can draw life-giving water for our souls.
Prayers will be led by Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa and Hafez Anas Doukali. Catch the spirit of Hajj. 

COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE.

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