TORONTO — A black incense burn was lit in the backyard of a mosque in southern Ontario to celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadan on Sunday.
Mohammed Ali Al-Dhahab, of St. Clair, Ontario, said he is the only member of the Muslim community in his neighbourhood to do so.
He said the black candle is the “most traditional way to do it,” and that he will burn a candle every month on his own, and that his wife and children will follow suit.
“I have done it for seven years,” he said.
According to Al-dahab’s website, he started making incense in 2012 and has sold more than 300 candles since then.
It’s a way to express my love and respect for the Prophet Muhammad, and for all of those who have followed his path of guidance,” he added.
In 2013, a large group of men and women dressed in black, including women in hijabs and traditional clothing, gathered in the neighbourhood of the mosque for the “Familia Day” to mark the start of Ramadan.