Aug. 1 marked the beginning of Ramadan for more than 800,000 Muslims across Canada.

During this holy month believers refrain from eating, drinking and making love from dawn to dusk. Between abstinence and devotion, observing the young in constant increase is a reflection of the dynamism of religious practice in this community.

The holy month
2 THE SHAHADA (testimony)
A set statement normally recited in Arabic. “(I profess that) there is no god except God and (I profess that) Muhammad is the Messenger of God”


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5 Pillars of Islam
SIAM 1 The aim(Fasting) is to encourage self-discipline and self control. Ritual fasting is an obligatory act during the
month of Ramadan. Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk during this month, and are to be especially mindful of other sins.

The 2011 Calendar
ust Aug

Beginning of the month of young

Commemorates the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad


st Augu


ust Aug

End of the month of young

3 THE SALAT (prayer) 4 ZAKAT (alms-giving)

Reciting ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day

• Before dawn (Fajr) First meal before the dawn prayer • Day Abstinence from food, drinks and sex • Sunset (lftar) Meal breaking the fast • Night (Taraweeh) Prayer sessions

The practice of charitable giving by Muslims based on accumulated wealth, is obligatory for all who are able to do so

5 THE HAJJ (pilgrimage)

Every able-bodied Muslim is obliged to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime if he or she can a ord it.

The end of Ramadan

The Islamic mosaic Canada
Number of Muslims
Wave of highly educated immigrants who come to Canada during and after World War II Immigrants fleeing war and political refugees from Iran and Afghanistan

Eid Al Fitr, also known as Eid Al Sagheer or “The Little Feast,” is one of two main festivals of Islam.

Religion, 2031
Christian denominations

No religion

20.9 %



14.3 %

Non-Christian religion

Eid Fitr

is an Arabic word meaning "festivity" means "original nature," implying the restoration of one's best human composition.

6.8 %

Starting on the 1st of Shawwal, the 10th month of Islamic lunar calendar, this three-day celebration marks the end of Ramadan.

* Estimated

13 1871

645 1931 1945


Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in Canada

547,000 Muslims






in the Montreal metropolitan area are Muslim

• Breakfast is eaten as it is forbidden to fast on the Day of Eid. • An obligatory charity is paid to the poor and the needy • An early morning ceremony with a worship service is held, usually in a large open place or mosque. • After prayers, Muslims visit their relatives, friends and acquaintances or hold large communal celebrations in homes, community centres or rented halls. • Gifts are frequently given to children and immediate relatives.

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