Ramadan Celebration

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. A foundational pillar of practicing Islam is fasting during the month of Ramadan. This devotional act is observed by over a billion Muslims worldwide today. During this time, Muslims cannot drink (even water), eat, smoke, or be sexually intimate, between the hours of sunrise to sunset every day – out of devotion to God. Fasting has both physical and spiritual benefits, including purifying the soul, inspiring self-reflection, and increasing empathy and good works.

Why is Ramadan celebrated?

God says in the Qur’an,

“Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, as guidance for humanity…so whoever of you witnesses the month should fast it.”  [2:185]

Muslims therefore celebrate Ramadan by ritually fasting for the entire month in gratitude to God for His final revelation. By restricting the body’s appetites during daylight hours, believers rejuvenate their spirituality, repair their religious conscience, and cultivate their devotion to God. This is the most significant objective of the fast: restoring the centrality of God in our lives.

Ramadan is a period of practicing extra awareness about all the things that could soil our spirituality and fuel the ego that feeds off our catering to its appetites throughout the year. Vices are always forbidden, but we work with even greater dedication to avoid them and excel in devotion, kindness, patience, and forgiveness in Ramadan. By treating Ramadan as the training grounds for the soul, intensely focusing on our day to day actions, practicing self awareness, and being good to others, we hope that these habits continue beyond the month. Such inner purity is the intended result of fasting.

How do you observe Ramadan?

Muslims observe Ramadan by abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual intimacy—all out of devotion to their Creator. They are also called to practice self-restraint and respond to every situation with patience and kindness. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ informed us,

Whoever does not give up lying and acting dishonestly, then [know that] God has no need for this person to give up food and drink (i.e., fasting).” [Sahih al-Bukhari #1903]

In addition to fasting, Muslims also celebrate Ramadan by reciting and studying the Qur’an, performing acts of service, and giving to charity.

SCCC celebrates Ramadan and Iftar every year as a part of our community celebration. We would like to wish a Ramadan Mubarak to members of our community who observe this holy month! We hope these 30 days of fasting bring you joy and renewed faith.

Diwali Celebration

Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights”, is one of the most important Hindu celebrations of the year. It celebrates the victory of good over evil, and the uplifting of spiritual darkness.

At Scadding Court we celebrate this festival by gathering together, with presentations, music and delicious food.

Diwali celebration at Scadding Court video

Lunar/Chinese New Year

Scadding Court celebrates Lunar/Chinese New Year every year as a part our community celebrations. The first day of the Lunar New Year is the first new moon of the first day of the year in the traditional Chinese calendar. In this calendar, months are based on lunar cycles and Chinese New Year usually falls between January 21 and February 21.

Lunar New year celebration at Scadding Court Video – credit Codetski Jaigobin

Pride Month Celebration

To honour Pride month and history, as well as the long fight for 2SLGBTQ+ rights, Scadding Court Community Centre is committed to address the challenges of 2SLGBTQ and celebrates Pride Month with various programs and activities.

Pride is more than just a celebration. Scadding Court stands alongside our 2SLGBTQ+ community to proudly reflect on the enormous strides they have made in securing equal rights, while also noting how far they still must go.

Scadding Court is a strong defender of human rights of 2SLGBTQ+ persons globally. Equality and non-discrimination are part of our core values, as emphasized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Our organization is proud to work with and support 2SLGBTQ+ community members, colleagues and partners. Together, we are working with respect and integrity to be allies to people from all backgrounds and communities, so our organization and conservation efforts can be more inclusive of all.

To learn more about what you can do, and activities you can join, here are some organizations doing great work:

Black History Month Celebration

SCCC recognizes that every day is a day to celebrate Black communities. We start in February with #BlackHistoryMonth, and continue throughout the year to raise awareness and celebrate Black community achievements every day as part of our heritage, our current society, and the future of our country.

Free Settlement Services in the Community

Provided in partnership with Sanderson Library and Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, services offered include: settlement workers on- site at the Library providing information, referral, interpretation etc., and The Great Start Together Perinatal Program at the Health Centre.

Pour des services d’établissement en français et/ou la formation linguistique en français, veuillez contacter : au 416-922-2672 (poste 420) pour Toronto, au 437-317-5648 pour la région de Peel Halton ou https://www.centrefranco.org/

If you wish to access French language training and/or French settlement services, please contact:  416-922-2672 (extension 420) for Toronto, or 437-317-5648 for Peel region or https://www.centrefranco.org/

Business Out of the Box (BoB)

We assist low-income aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground in their communities. With creativity and meaningful partnerships, there are ways to create quick and affordable vending spaces, which ultimately support low-income entrepreneurs, and our local economies, to flourish. There are no times related to this program. Interested parties should contact us about starting their own.

Weight and Exercise Room

Scadding Court Community Centre has a newly renovated exercise and fitness room for the community.

Weight Room Fees:
$25/month or
$275/year (gives 1 month free)
One-offs are $10
* 18+
* Must have a Scadding Court Membership as well
* Must pay $15 fee for a key fob

Weight Room Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am -9:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00pm – 7:00pm (Women, Non-binary & Trans folks only)

Weight Room Orientation:
Each person must do a mandatory weight room orientation with staff member, Issa, or Mike, either at:
Mondays: with Issa, whenever he’s available between 9am-5pm
Tuesdays: with Issa, whenever he’s available between 9am-3pm
Wednesdays: with Issa, whenever he’s available between 9am-3pmor
 with Mike T4-7pm
Thursdays: with Issa, whenever he’s available between 9am-3pm
Fridays: with Issa, whenever he’s available between 9am-5pm
Saturdays: with Mike T4-5pm

To book your weight room orientation:
Call 416-392-0335, or talk to front desk.

Primary Care

A physician affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital is available part-time to provide culturally sensitive primary care to community members. Patients from all cultures are welcome, however those that are not able to communicate in English, Cantonese or Mandarin should come with an interpreter/ translator.

The physician’s patients list is currently full, so he is unable to take any new patients until further notice.

Partners For Access and Identification (PAID) Project

Supports for individuals who do not have a fixed/permanent address. Services include help obtaining vital pieces of identification including: Ontario photo health card, Canadian birth certificate, record of landing, etc. Referrals, including to community-based support services, are provided.