Toronto is not called Canada’s culture capital for nothing. Though the phrases “bustling metropolis” and “cosmopolitan hotbed” might as well be spelled f-i-t-n-a, there are a ton of things young Muslims can do around town to really feel engaged with their city.
In keeping with my standard hokey theme formula, I’ve decided to offer readers what I call the “three E’s” – Eating, Education, and Entertainment.
Eating: Do NOT even think about trying something you’re used to. Be adventurous. Next time your friend says “I know a great little place…” GO! Toronto is never short on Halal restaurants, nor is it short on people that “know a great little place.”
Education: Summer isn’t to be thought of as a time to let your brain be dormant. An empty mind, as they say, is the devil’s playground. Alhamdullilah, we live in a city that is full of intellectually engaging activities. The King Tut exhibit at the AGO, the Toronto Public Library’s book talk series, and regular lectures at U of T’s own Munk Centre are all worth attending.
Entertainment: Seeing a play, a poetry reading, or going to one of Toronto’s numerous cultural festivals can never be a bad idea. Unless, of course, you’ve completely internalized my last article and want to stay at home reading all day. In that case, don’t let me dissuade you.