Islam is the faith of over 1,500,000,000 people across the globe – nearly one in every five people on Earth is Muslim. As of 2010 there were 49 Muslim-majority countries and 132 countries where Muslims constituted at least 1% of the population.

In Canada the Muslim community is as old as the country itself: the 1871 Census recorded 13 European Muslims(https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/29823/1/Nagra_Baljit_201106_PhD_thesis.pdf);

Today there are approximately 1,000,000 Canadian Muslims and 7,000,000 in the United States. (http://www.pewforum.org/The-Future-of-the-Global-Muslim-Population.aspx)

MUSLIMS IN CANADA ARE FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS:

 

IMMIGRANTS:

Muslim immigrants to Canada came and continue to come from a myriad of countries like India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Palestine, Bangladesh, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, Niger, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eretria, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Albania, Turkey, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Sierra Leone, and many more. The first Muslim immigrants to Alberta were mostly Lebanese and were behind one of the first Mosques in North America in 1938 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Rashid_Mosque).

MULTI-GENERATION:

Since the first record of Muslims in Canada in 1871, hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been born and raised in Canada as first, second, third, fourth, and fifth-generation Canadians. As descendants of immigrants, many Muslims have faced and continue to face the challenges of being born and raised in Canadian culture while still identifying with the culture of their ancestors – similar to the challenges of Ukrainian, Japanese, Italian, Polish and other Canadian communities.

CONVERTS:

In recent years, sizeable numbers of Canadians are finding solace and meaning in Islam as a comprehensive, balanced way of life. With the endless distractions, superficial experiences, and awkward disconnectedness of modern life, Islam offers peace of mind and heart by awakening purpose, clarifying direction, and opening doors of community and belonging. Converts continue to be a healthy addition to the growing Canadian Muslim family and play an integral role in helping Canadian Muslims develop a unique identity that is both deeply Canadian and authentically Muslim.

 

MUSLIMS IN FORT MCMURRAY:

Muslims have been in Fort McMurray since the 1970s. Today there are an estimated 5,000 – 8,000 Muslims in Fort McMurray who are part of the social fabric of our city: Entrepreneurs, Doctors and Nurses, Engineers, Managers, Journalists, Tradespeople, and much more. Markaz ul-Islam is the only Masjed in Fort McMurray and Fort McMurray has one of Canada’s only public Islamic Schools. Our community’s weekly Friday prayer service in town gathers roughly 1,000 congregants. Friday prayer services are also offered at Suncor, Syncrude, and other oil sands sites.

 

WHAT IS ISLAM?

Islam, a name given by Allah to this religion. Allah SWT says in the Quran:

“This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion.” (Qur’ân 5:4)

Islam is not a new religion. It is, in essence, the same message and guidance which Allah revealed to all prophets before Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Allah says in the Qur’ân:

“Say, `We believe in ALLAH and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to HIM we submit.” (Qur’ân 3-85)

Islam is not only a religion, it is a way of life. Islam makes it clear that all human acts are acts of worship if they are done for God alone and in accordance to His Divine Law. where everything we do on this earth (speaking, listening, working, studying, sleeping, leading, judging, teaching, marrying, raising family…etc ) has to be done within the allowable boundaries of Allah (SWT) as stated Qur’ân and the teaching of his messenger Muhammad PBUH . .

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WHO ARE MUSLIMS AND WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE IN?

There are an estimated 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. Not more than 20 percent of Muslims live in the Arabic-speaking world. The country with the largest Muslim population is Indonesia. Muslims believe in One, Unique, and Incomparable God.

Muslims believe in the Day of Judgement and individual accountability for actions. Muslims believe in a chain of prophets beginning with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David, Solomon, and Jesus. God’s eternal message was reaffirmed and finalized by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on them all).

HOW CAN YOU BECOME A MUSLIM?

In order for a person to enter into the fold of Islam i.e. to be a Muslim, one has to: know, believe, accept totally and sincerely apply the five basic principles (Pillars) on which Islam is based on:

1.THE DECLARATION OF FAITH

– This consists of the two sentence declaration. Bearing witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

2.PRAYER

– Muslims perform five obligatory prayers each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between the worshiper and God. Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation leads the prayers.

3.ZAKAT

– One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, “purifies” wealth by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment is usually two and a half percent of one’s capital.

4.FASTING

– Every year in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from first light until sunset. The fast is another method of self-purification.

5.PILGRIMAGE

– A pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, is an obligation for those who are physically or financially able.

WHAT IS THE QURAN?

The Quran is the record of the exact words revealed by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him (PBUH). It was memorized by Muhammad peace be upon him (PBUH) and then dictated to his companions. The text of the Quran was cross-checked during the life of the Prophet. The 114 chapters of the Quran have remained unchanged through the centuries.