With the Raptors just one win away from claiming the NBA Championship title, Toronto fans are praying to the basketball gods for victory. Literally. Ahead of Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, a local GTA mosque held a prayer session specifically to bring the Toronto Raptors good luck for what might be the most significant game in Canadian basketball history.
The Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto sent out a memo to members titled "How can we help the Raptors win?" on June 8th, expressing on behalf of the mosque that there will be many moments during Game 5 that members will be "praying so hard" for the Raptors.
"While watching the game, we will be praying so hard that the basketball hits the net for 3 or 2 points," the memo states. "Let us all - young and old contribute $10 per person and do our part by praying for the Raptors to make history."
The mosque indicates that "die-hard Raptors fans" will match donations up to $5,000. Although it's not clear what the donations are being collected for, the Jaffari Community Centre is hosting a Raptors viewing party at the mosque for Game 5, so it is likely that the funds collected will be dedicated to hosting the event.
That's not the only mosque that has been hosting viewing parties and prayers sessions in the GTA. Social media users have been posting about the Raptors events that are being held by their local mosques throughout the city.
Celebrating the Raptors as a community is what Toronto is about! Let's go, Raptors!