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By:  Syed Abid Ali

There are lots of religions in my country Canada, like Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and lots more. Still there are a lot of Muslims. Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America. There are more than 50 masajid in my city of Toronto. There are also lots of Islamic scholars and madrasas for children to learn more about Islam.

Muslims in my country come from different backgrounds. We don’t get any holidays for our celebrations like Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha. Non-Muslims in my country don’t know much about our religion. So, we have to teach them. We have to be good representatives of our religion. We have to help out non-Muslims in our workplaces, schools or anywhere else. We should behave in a proper manner towards them. We should be good to our neighbours even if they are non-Muslims, so that they see how beautiful our religion is. If you give a bad impression about yourself, it will give a bad impression on your religion. Therefore, you should be a good representative of your religion.

Even though the majority of my country is not Muslim, I still have to practice my religion in the proper way. I have to pray five times Salah daily and perform other duties like reciting the Qur’an. Just because the people around you do not perform the same religious duties doesn’t mean that you should abandon your Islamic duties. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta‘ala) has placed us in this world for a test. He wants to see how you follow your religion, the true religion and that you follow it in the proper way. If you do that, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta‘ala) will give you the gift of Jannah (Paradise).

So remember that even if the people around you are not Muslim, you still have to follow your religion and represent Islam in a good way to non-Muslims, so that they see how good Islam is. These are some facts about Muslims in my country Canada and how we should work towards a better life in our country.

Shawwal 1422, January 2002

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