SNMC Celebrates Islamic Heritage Month

October was a special month at the South Nepean Muslim Centre as Islamic Heritage Month was celebrated.

Islamic Heritage Month in Canada was established by the Canadian Government in 2007. Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn and honour the rich history of Islam, and contributions of Muslims in Canada. It is important to recognize the diversity that exists within the faith of Islam, and the folks who practice it including the multitude of people, stories, and cultures that have shaped, and continue to shape Canada.

The goal of Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) is to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and contributions to society: Contributions in sciences, humanities, medicine, astronomy, and other disciplines that have greatly benefited human progress. IHMC believes that through education and sharing positive stories, all Canadians can grow and connect in mutually beneficial ways.

The Long and Forgotten History of Muslims in Canada “Many people believe the first Muslim people came to Canada in the 1950s, but this is not true. The community’s real history in this country actually begins 150 years ago.

In Barrhaven, the South Nepean Muslim Community (SNMC) celebrated by opening their doors on October 22, 2022 to the community to learn more about  the diversity of the people and to honour the rich history of Islam. Many activities were organized for the public to enjoy, including a full display of posters explaining the contributions of Muslims around the world, calligraphy and hennah artists, crafts led by the Girl Guides of Canada and of course delicious refreshments. Imam, Zijad Delic, prepared guided tours to those interested and a special presentation was done by Dr. Sheema Khan, Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University to explain Islamic Art, Spirituality and Mathematics.

They even learned that more than 200 medical instruments were invented by a Muslim physician in the 11th Century.