Understanding Muslims in Canada

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A turning point in Canadian history took place in 1971 when the federal government officially declared Canada a multicultural country. Immigrants to Canada in the past were predominantly from Europe while the majority of today’s immigrants including many Muslims come from Asia and Africa.

Canada has a strong Muslim presence

There is a strong Muslim presence in most of Canada’s major cities and metropolitan Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is home to 250,000 Muslims. The Muslim university in Toronto is very active in challenging Christianity. Mosques are scattered throughout the area along with two major Muslim bookstores. Three Muslim television programs are aired weekly along with numerous radio programs. Some small towns also have large Muslim populations. Lac La Biche, Alberta and its surrounding area has 10,000 people of which about 700 are Muslims, almost all Lebanese.

Muslims coming to Canada face many hardships. The harsh Canadian winter is disheartening to those who come from warmer climates. Often the adult immigrants are well educated, however, many times their degrees are not recognised. Muslim women often find themselves isolated in a society that does not know how to understand and accept them.

God is calling Canadians to minister to Muslim newcomers. A young University student befriended a young Muslim newcomer on a bus. She was a 16 year old bride of an arranged marriage, who was extremely lonely and desperate for friendship. The two women became friends and after two years the student introduced her to Jesus. The young bride is now a mature Christian who ministers to forty Muslim ladies on a regular basis.

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God is moving in Canada

Christians from Muslim backgrounds are being used by God to reach their own people on Canadian soil. A Lebanese Arabic Church has been established among the large Lebanese community in Montreal. There are also more than 25 Arabic Christian ministries in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton, but most are small struggling groups. The most responsive Muslim people to the Gospel in Canada are Iranians. A young Iranian, imprisoned on six different occasions in his home country, faithfully ministers to the Iranian people of his city. More than forty Iranians were baptized in Vancouver and Toronto.

Pray about the Muslims in Canada:

* The vast majority of Canadian Muslims still have had little opportunity to hear the Gospel in a manner that is sensitive to their cultures. Pray that believers will rise to the challenge, building friendships with people from different cultural and ethnic groups.

* Pray for God’s anointing on Christians to befriend Muslims in Canada. Since 9/11 Muslims are often ostracized by all communities making contact with them very difficult. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead Muslims to Christian businesses, schools and homes so they can hear the Gospel.

* People are attracted by the life of God manifested in and through His people. May the life of Jesus be evident to Muslims through the lives of Canadian Christians from all origins.

Background on Canada (World Factbook)

A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada’s paramount political problem is meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services after a decade of budget cuts. Canada also faces questions about integrity in government following revelations regarding a corruption scandal in the federal government that has helped revive the fortunes of separatists in predominantly francophone Quebec.

Economy of Canada

As an affluent, high-tech industrial society in the trillion-dollar class, Canada resembles the US in its market-oriented economic system, pattern of production, and affluent living standards. Since World War II, the impressive growth of the manufacturing, mining, and service sectors has transformed the nation from a largely rural economy into one primarily industrial and urban. Canada is the US’ largest foreign supplier of energy, including oil, gas, uranium, and electric power.

Statistics on Canada

Population: 34,568,211 (July 2013 est.) World Rank #37

Life Expectancy at Birth: 81.57 years. World Rank #13

Ethnic groups: British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%

Religions: Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16%

Languages: English (official) 58.8%, French (official) 21.6%, other 19.6%

Literacy: 99%

School Life Expectancy: 17 years


Persecution in Canada – GodTube Video

This documentary details persecution that is directed toward Christians in Canada.


Comments

  1. Bismila Arahman Arahim (In the name of Allah (God) the most gracious, most merciful)

    Asalamu Aleikum to the muslims, Hello to the non-muslims,

    To Gary and Jo Ann,

    We will see who is right and who is wrong on the day of Judgement. I’m not willing to risk my eternal soul on the christan beliefe that Allah (God) became flesh and dwelt among us, nor am I willing to believe that Allah (God) is cut into thrre parts. And how does it make sense that animals have to die in order for humans to be forgiven?! If it is the Will of Allah to forgive there does not need to be a sacrifice. What about now? Should I go and kill a goat or cow if I need to ask for repentance?

    Muslims believe in all revoulations of Allah, but how cam you sit there and say, the Gospel is truely STILL the word of God and only the word of God when you know it had to have been changed and altered! You can not translate a Holy Skript into another language and not accpect to change. And you are seriously mistaken if you think that you can.

    As for my muslim brothers and sisters who have given up the religion I am honestly alittle disheartened… but who am I to question the will of Allah. However I pray that they do understand the consequences.

    Asalamu Aleikum to the muslims, Good-bye to the non-muslims,

  2. my dear friends i was just searching how life is for muslims in canada, and i was pleased with the respect they r getting. i myself is a muslim shia and i am very interested in moving to canada with my family. plz don’t come to a conclusion of muslims without studying first- sacrifice is for the judgement day that sheep will b the witness to our repentence. and plz open ur bibel and read the stories from quran they give the same message. we believe in everything regarding jesus as in quran his name is eesa and we shia muslims believe he will return to this world again. we r condemned by the other muslims because we believe in the reapperence of him. plz take ur time and see how shias r getting killed in iraq, pakistan,syria,etc by muslims itself. and coz of these muslims esp wahabes its impossibles for muslims all over the world to live in peace.

  3. We are all born seeking God. It’s like we have a God shaped hole in our spirit that we can fill with anything we choose. You can fill that hole with hatred, greed, and lies, or love, peace, and truth. When Muslims say prove with logic that is the opposite of faith. Our minds can be easily deceived with worldy knowledge. The reason Christians have faith in the bible, even though it has been translated into other languages is because the truth is preserved and revealed when you seek God with an open heart. God allows us to choose out of his love for us.

  4. Canada is a Christian country and that wont change. So is America. We are the majority and it is in our history. It is the reason we have progressed to be one of the best countries to live in the world u can thank christians. We went through our crusades hundreds of years ago. Jesus will come again at the end of times….it is even stated in the Bible.

  5. The definition of God is THE GREATEST CONVEIVABLE BEING. The greatest conceivable being would be perfect in all aspects, including being perfectly moral. To be perefectly moral God has to love perefectly. Allah according to the Quran hates sinners, and only loves those people that do righteouss acts. This is not a perfect love and therefore the islamic concept of the greatest conceivable being is philisophically and logically flawed. However Yaweh loves unconditionally. The Bible says He loved us while we were still sinners. He alone is God.

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