Ahmadiyya in Canada

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Ahmadiyya in Canada is a religious sect within the Muslim community of Canada. The earliest known Ahmadis visits of the country were back in 1923. Later, Ahmadis came to Canada from various parts of the world, in particular from Pakistan, as a result of the state-sanctioned persecution unleashed against the Community by Pakistan Government legislations in 1974 and again in 1984. The Community was first officially registered in Canada in 1966 in Ontario as the "Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam (Ont) Inc." and the first missionary assigned to Canada was Maulana Syed Mansoor Bashir Sahib.[1] The first missionary assigned to Western Canada was Maulana Ali Haider Upal sahib Shaheed who was appointed in Vancouver in 1982 [2] and later stationed in Calgary and in Saskatoon. As the only missionary stationed in Western Canada he served the Ahmadiyya Jama'ats in Vancouver, Calgary,Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Lllodminster and Winnipeg between 1982 and 1986.

Ahmadis in Canada number about 25,000 or 2.5% of the total Muslim community in Canada. Most of them are from Pakistan, with smaller numbers from India, Fiji and Africa.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Canada". The Review of Religions. 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Bhindar, Imran (2018-03-10). FROM SIALKOT TO VANCOUVER. Lulu.com. ISBN 9781642547917.
  3. ^ Don Baker; Daniel L. Overmyer; Larry DeVries (August 9, 2012). Asian Religions in British Columbia. UCB Press. p. 73. Retrieved September 10, 2017.