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Islam in Canada

Islam in Canada

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The latest statistic shows that Muslims is 5% of the population in Greater Toronto area .
The latest statistic shows that Muslims is 5% of the population in Greater Toronto area .

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The latest statistic shows that Muslims is 5% of the population in GreaterToronto area .
 
Islam
 
in
 
Canada
 
From
 
Wikipedia,
 
the
 
free
 
encyclopedia
 
According
 
to
 
2001
 
census,
 
there
 
were
 
579,640
 
Muslims
 
in
 
Canada,
 
 just
 
under
 
2%
 
of 
 
the
 
population.[1].
 
In
 
2006,
 
Muslim
 
 
population
 
is
 
estimated
 
to
 
be
 
783,700
 
or
 
about
 
2.5%[2].
 
 
Demographics,
 
concentration,
 
and
 
life
 
Most
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
 
[i.e.
 
followers
 
of 
 
Islam]
 
are
 
people
 
who
 
were
 
raised
 
Muslim.
 
There
 
are
 
also
 
small
 
numbers
 
of 
 
converts
 
to
 
Islam
 
from
 
other
 
religions.
 
As
 
with
 
immigrants
 
in
 
general,
 
Muslim
 
immigrants
 
have
 
come
 
to
 
Canada
 
for
 
a
 
variety
 
of 
 
reasons.
 
These
 
include
 
higher
 
education,
 
employment,
 
and
 
family
 
reunification.
 
Others
 
have
 
come
 
for
 
religious
 
and
 
political
 
freedom,
 
and
 
safety
 
and
 
security,
 
leaving
 
behind
 
civil
 
wars,
 
persecution,
 
and
 
other
 
forms
 
of 
 
civil
 
and
 
ethnic
 
strife.
 
In
 
the
 
1980s,
 
Canada
 
became
 
an
 
important
 
place
 
of 
 
refuge
 
for
 
those
 
fleeing
 
the
 
Lebanese
 
Civil
 
War.
 
The
 
1990s
 
saw
 
Somali
 
Muslims
 
arrive
 
in
 
the
 
wake
 
of 
 
the
 
Somali
 
Civil
 
War
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
Bosnian
 
Muslims
 
fleeing
 
the
 
breakup
 
of 
 
the
 
former
 
Yugoslavia.
 
However
 
Canada
 
has
 
yet
 
to
 
receive
 
 
any
 
significant
 
numbers
 
of 
 
Iraqis
 
[Muslim
 
or
 
Christian]
 
fleeing
 
the
 
Iraqi
 
 
Civil
 
War.
 
But
 
in
 
general
 
almost
 
every
 
Muslim
 
country
 
in
 
the
 
world
 
has
 
sent
 
immigrants
 
to
 
Canada
from
 
Albania
 
to
 
Yemen.
[1]
 
 
The
 
majority
 
of 
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
‐‐
and
 
not
 
coincidentally
 
a
 
large
 
proportion
 
of 
 
the
 
country's
 
immigrants
‐‐
live
 
in
 
the
 
province
 
of 
 
British
 
Columbia,
 
with
 
the
 
largest
 
groups
 
settled
 
in
 
and
 
around
 
the
 
Greater
 
Contents
 
 
1
 
Demographics,
 
concentration,
 
and
 
life
 
 
2
 
History
 
 
3
 
Organizations
 
 
4
 
References
 
 
5
 
See
 
also
 
 
6
 
External
 
links
 
 
Vancouver
 
Regional
 
District.
 
According
 
to
 
the
 
2001
 
Census,
 
there
 
were
 
 
258,500
 
Muslims
 
living
 
in
 
the
 
Greater
 
Vancouver
 
Regional
 
District.
 
[2]
 
 
Assuming
 
that
 
most
 
immigrants
 
from
 
Pakistan
 
and
 
Iran
 
are
 
Muslims,
 
the
 
two
 
largest
 
Muslim
 
communities
 
in
 
the
 
were
 
Pakistani
 
(>50,000)
 
and
 
Iranian
 
(>30,000).
[3]
 
Canada
 
's
 
national
 
capital
 
Ottawa
 
hosts
 
many
 
 
Lebanese
 
and
 
Somali
 
Muslims,
 
where
 
the
 
Muslim
 
community
 
numbered
 
approximately
 
40,000
 
in
 
2001.
[4]
 
Greater
 
Montreal
 
's
 
Muslim
 
 
community
 
neared
 
100,000
 
in
 
2001.
[5]
 
It
 
is
 
home
 
to
 
large
 
numbers
 
of 
 
 
Canadians
 
of 
 
Moroccan,
 
Algerian
 
and
 
Lebanese
 
descent,
 
as
 
well
 
as
 
smaller
 
Syrian,
 
Iranian,
 
Pakistani
 
and
 
Turkish
 
communities.
[6]
 
These
 
communities
 
are
 
not
 
exclusively,
 
but
 
predominantly,
 
Muslim.
 
In
 
addition
 
to
 
Toronto,
 
Ottawa,
 
and
 
Montreal,
 
nearly
 
every
 
major
 
Canadian
 
metropolitan
 
area
 
has
 
a
 
Muslim
 
community,
 
including
 
Halifax
 
(3,070),
 
Windsor
 
(10,745),
 
Winnipeg
 
(4,805),Calgary
 
(25,920),
 
 
Edmonton
 
(19,580),
 
Toronto
 
(52,590),
 
where
 
more
 
than
 
a
 
third
 
are
 
of 
 
Iranian
 
descent,
 
and
 
Victoria
 
(1,230).
 
[7]
 
 
Table
 
1:
 
Current
 
and
 
Projected
 
Muslim
 
Population
 
of 
 
Canada
[8]
 
 
Muslim
 
Population 2001 2017
Canada 579,700 1,421,400Atlantic
 
Provinces 5,300 14,500Quebec 103,900 247,600British
 
Columbia 57,200 131,100Manitoba 4,900 12,100Saskatchewan 2,000 4,700Alberta 49,300 100,300Ontario 356,700 910,600As
 
the
 
Canadian
 
Charter
 
of 
 
Rights
 
and
 
Freedoms
 
guarantees
 
freedom
 
of 
 
 
religious
 
expression,
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
 
face
 
no
 
official
 
religious
 
 
discrimination.
 
Under
 
Section
 
2(a)
 
of 
 
the
 
Charter,
 
the
 
wearing
 
of 
 
the
 
 
hijab
 
is
 
permitted
 
in
 
schools
 
and
 
places
 
of 
 
work.
 
Religious
 
holidays
 
and
 
 
dietary
 
restrictions
 
are
 
also
 
respected,
 
but
 
outside
 
major
 
urban
 
areas
 
it
 
may
 
be
 
difficult
 
to
 
find
 
halal
 
food.
 
It
 
is
 
also
 
often
 
difficult
 
to
 
observe
 
Islamic
 
rules
 
against
 
usury.
 
 
History
 
The
 
Muslim
 
community
 
in
 
Canada
 
is
 
almost
 
as
 
old
 
as
 
the
 
nation
 
itself.
 
Four
 
years
 
after
 
Canada
 
's
 
founding
 
in
 
1867,
 
the
 
1871
 
Canadian
 
Census
 
found
 
13
 
Muslims
 
among
 
the
 
population.
[9]
 
The
 
first
 
Canadian
 
mosque
 
 
was
 
constructed
 
in
 
Edmonton
 
in
 
1938,
 
when
 
there
 
were
 
approximately
 
700
 
Muslims
 
in
 
the
 
country.
[10]
 
This
 
building
 
is
 
now
 
part
 
of 
 
the
 
museum
 
 
at
 
Fort
 
Edmonton.
 
The
 
years
 
after
 
World
 
War
 
II
 
saw
 
a
 
small
 
increase
 
in
 
the
 
Muslim
 
population.
 
However
 
Muslims
 
were
 
still
 
a
 
distinct
 
minority.
 
It
 
was
 
only
 
with
 
the
 
removal
 
of 
 
European
 
immigration
 
preferences
 
in
 
the
 
late
 
1960s
 
that
 
Muslims
 
began
 
to
 
arrive
 
in
 
significant
 
numbers.
 
According
 
to
 
the
 
Canadian
 
Census
 
of 
 
1971
 
there
 
were
 
33,000
 
Muslims
 
in
 
Canada
 
.
 
[11]
 
In
 
the
 
1970s
 
large
scale
 
non
European
 
immigration
 
to
 
 
Canada
 
began.
 
This
 
was
 
reflected
 
in
 
the
 
growth
 
of 
 
the
 
Muslim
 
community
 
in
 
Canada
 
.
 
In
 
1981,
 
the
 
Census
 
listed
 
98,000
 
Muslims.
 
[12]
 
 
The
 
1991
 
Census
 
indicated
 
253,265
 
Muslims.
 
[13]
 
By
 
2001,
 
the
 
Islamic
 
 
community
 
in
 
Canada
 
had
 
grown
 
to
 
more
 
than
 
579,000.
 
[14]
 
Preliminary
 
 
estimates
 
for
 
Census
 
2006
 
point
 
to
 
a
 
figure
 
of 
 
almost
 
800,000.
 
[15]
 
The
 
 
community
 
is
 
expected
 
to
 
grow
 
to
 
1.1
 
million
 
by
 
2011
 
and
 
1.4
 
million
 
by
 
2017.
[16]
 
 
Compared
 
to
 
Muslims
 
in
 
Europe
 
,
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
 
have
 
not
 
faced
 
the
 
same
 
set
 
of 
 
problems.
 
[17]
 
The
 
Muslim
 
community
 
in
 
Canada
 
is
 
 just
 
one
 
 
among
 
many
 
ethnic,
 
religious,
 
racial
 
and
 
cultural
 
communities
 
that
 
together
 
make
 
up
 
Canada
 
.
 
At
 
the
 
same
 
time,
 
it
 
must
 
be
 
noted
 
that
 
although
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
 
may
 
be
 
classified
 
as
 
Muslims
 
for
 
official
 
governmental
 
statistical
 
and
 
policy
making
 
purposes,
 
that
 
does
 
not
 
necessarily
 
mean
 
that
 
all
 
who
 
are
 
identified
 
as
 
such
 
are
 
practicing
 
Muslims.
 
In
 
other
 
words,
 
they
 
may
 
be
 
culturally
 
Muslim,
 
while
 
at
 
the
 
same
 
leading
 
secular
 
lives.
 
Among
 
the
 
more
 
prominent
 
Canadian
 
Muslims
 
are
 
Rahim
 
Jaffer,
 
who
 
has
 
sat
 
as
 
a
 
Member
 
of 
 
Parliament
 
(MP)
 
for
 
Edmonton
Strathcona
 
since
 
1997,
 
Irshad
 
Manji,
 
a
 
feminist
 
Muslim
 
 
activist
 
who
 
wrote
 
the
 
international
 
bestseller
 
"The
 
Trouble
 
With
 
Islam"
an
 
excoriation
 
of 
 
violent
 
radical
 
Islam,
 
and
 
Maher
 
Arar,
 
a
 
Syrian
Canadian
 
renditioned
 
to
 
Syria
 
by
 
the
 
United
 
States
 
due
 
to
 
 
misleading
 
information
 
received
 
from
 
Canadian
 
intelligence
 
services.
 
The
 
role
 
of 
 
Islam
 
in
 
Canada
 
in
 
the
 
21st
 
century
 
is
 
represented
 
by
 
the
 

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