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Mosque Inaccessibility Poses Challenges to Kingston Muslims

Hearing the sound of the adhan, Muslims immediately go to their local mosques to perform the daily prayer.

But for Imaan Javeed, the journey to the local mosque in Kingston, Ontario, is somehow complicated. With no bus stop close to the mosque, the Canadian Muslim finds himself forced to take other costly alternatives.

“Going to and from the mosque has been a challenge,” he told Global News.

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“I rely on Ubers or taxis and that can (be) … I would say on average $24 one way.”

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One of the closest bus stops is at Princess and Sydenham, leaving travelers staring down an almost forty-minute walk one way.

Currently, Kingston Transit are consulting with the public to make it easier to access places of worship. Countryside district councilor Gary Oosterhoof is confident they can find a solution.

“In the meantime, there’s a lot of solutions that we’re looking at. We’re looking at maybe some private taxis, almost, so that it’s actually more affordable than actually putting a bus.”

Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made up of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah.

The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn.