Life and Culture
Celebrate Ramadan in Canada
The President of Canada, Justin Trudeau has recently stated that “each day Muslim Canadians help build a better Canada” in celebration of the religious fasting known as Ramadan. In 2019, the cycle starts on the 6th of May and stretches until the 4th of June when the new moon will be sighted. This little-understood occurrence is for the purpose of commemorating the prophet Mohammad being given the words of the Quran. It focuses on one of the Five Pillars of Islam (fasting) while reminding followers about the other pillars which include prayer and giving to others.
If you are Muslim, you are sure to find your place in Canadian society as there are various expat communities practising their religion openly and freely. On the other hand, if you are not a follower of Islam, take this opportunity to learn more about the diverse nature of Canada and the many cultures and religions that weave together the country’s fabric. With growing quotas for immigration, there has never been a better time to start your Canadian visa application and settle in a place where civil liberties are celebrated.
Muslim Communities in Canada
According to the Canada National Household Survey, there are over a million Muslims residing in Canada. Canada is known as one of the most accepting countries in the world when it comes to foreign nationals as its focus on immigration has always attracted diversity and multiculturalism. Join immigrants originating from Pakistan, Bangladesh and many others who are all currently celebrating Ramadan.
If you’re considering immigrating to a region where you can join a significant Muslim community, the following provinces have the highest number of Islam groups across Canada. However, growing numbers of expats are settling in every province and territory in the country.
- British Columbia
Ways to Immigrate
There are plenty of ways for you to begin your journey to Canada with a multitude of streams on offer. These include Family Class sponsorship or the federal programs through the Express Entry system. However, if you would like to settle in a specific province/territory, such as those above, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the most direct option.
To get started, you will need to create an online profile through the province/territory’s immigration body. If you are deemed eligible for your selected stream, you will be asked to apply for permanent residence and awarded with a nomination from that region. For Express Entry-linked streams, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the selected province/territory from inside the Express Entry pool or wait for a Notification of Interest (NOI).
|PNP Streams - Top Muslim Communities|
There is most certainly a place for non-muslims in the Islam community, in the role of supporting freedom of religion and combatting Islamaphobia with education about the religion and its different branches. Residents can attend workshops at their local community centre to get better acquainted with Muslims in their neighbourhood as well as the different customs that come with practising this faith.
Many mosques are open to others learning more about the faith, even inviting outsiders to join worshippers in breaking their fast at the end of the day. With Canada’s growing population, creating a diverse national identity is a top priority. If you’re in the process of creating your Canadian visa application, rest assured that everyone is welcome among the various different groups living across the country.
|Words to Know|
|Suhoor||The pre-dawn breakfast (before 04:00 a.m.).|
|Fajr||The first prayer of the day.|
|Iftar||The evening meal.|
|Maghreb||The sunset prayer.|
|Ramadan Mubarak!||Happy Ramadan!|
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