Canadian Gujarati Muslims; Past, Present and the Future

 

Bismillahhir Rahmaannir Raheem

Alhamdulillah around 1972 about 200 Muslims came to Canada from Gujarat, India. This was the first time in history that they had come to this country in large numbers from Gujarat Most of them ranged between 20 to 30 years in age, with very limited resources and little knowledge of Din and Dunia. They had a special quality about them, the love of Allah and His Messenger (S.A.W). Furthermore, the historical accounts from the people of their past generations were a driving factor in migrating abroad. The mindset being that it would result in prosperity. Families, as well communities in India would also benefit from their success abroad.
By the grace of Allah we received a warm welcome in Canada with a few exceptions of course. Canada is the second largest country in the world with a population of 33 millions around ( 2008). The country needs around 250,000 new immigrants annually in order to maintain its economy. This fact has made Canada a multicultural country. The country is proud of its natural beauty. Canada allows every legal citizen to accommodate his close family members. The Gujrati community took advantage of this unique opportunity at the time. We chose Canada as our home. Within 10 years we increased rapidly in numbers. These numbers gave us an identity of being a Gujrati Muslim within the diversified Toronto Muslim community. Soon, the first masjid under Gujrati management was established; Madina masjid in Toronto. It was the third Masjid in Toronto (1983). By mercy of Allah. our Ulama, Tableeg Jamat and concerned Muslims we never had a shortage of scholars, who made sure that we are always aware of the true purpose of this life. Alhamdulillah now (2008) 10 km within Toronto, there are enough prayer facilities available to make five times prayers. Furthermore, Hifz classes, Dar-ul-Uloom and Islamic schools are now widely available; however most are still not affordable to the majority of Muslms.

We can now begin to analyze the weakness of that pioneer generation. As mentioned, this generation came to Canada with very limited resources and knowledge. It is sad to say that up to now; we do not have a well-qualified new generation who will lead us to fully participate in the main society. This is evident in the leaders who deal with today’s problems, which most of us do not fully understand, whether political, educational or social. It is well known that children of those immigrants who grew up in Canada with a good education know the system better than their parents. But, somehow, these youngsters are banned directly or indirectly to participate in the old pioneer established facilities (e.g. the mosque management). Thus, the result we see now is that they ignore us and we ignored them. Our main weak point being that we always carry so many culture practices beside Islam and we are very prejudice among us.
Now is the time to request our new generation who grew here with the education of Din and Dunia. We may not let you in our management now but we shall not last forever, please be patient. Work in some other areas that will prepare you for the future. Be equipped with the best education of Din and Dunia. Today people are valued by their education. Education has become the most valuable skill in the modern society. So get together with open minds and become leaders in this society with an attitude that says “we don’t believe in any cult or culture value, Islam is very clear to us!”

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” (Quran 49:13) (Translation)

From Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Jesus (ASW) and the last Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the messengers of Allah, we got only one message. That is that if you want to succeed in this world and the hereafter, you must worship One Allah, and not to worship your Nafs and desires.etc. Your path without the light of Quran and sunnah, leads you into darkness. Fact is fact and just guessing is an illusion.
History has thousands of years of scripture containing teachings of common good such as morality, fairness, family value and justice. And they all teach that we are dependant upon one almighty God and humility in this world will bring us closer to our creator. There is no power except the Almighty and we know this…we see this everyday, but we ignore it. So please read and understand the Quran, the miracle granted to Muhammad (SAW); over 1400 years since it came down and not even one punctuation mark changed.
Islam taught us to enjoy common good with communities and humanity as large, as we are children of one man. We need to understand our differences and find a solution. So work to attain unity. And it will soon be your time to lead. Please lead with patience, wisdome and justice, to your own self and the community. If you don’t respond to this call now…your generations to come shall suffer. 
Be aware of the greatest propaganda of our times of “Islamic Terrorism”, “Islamic Extremism” and “Fundamental Muslims”, and try to change it. Ironically the label comes from those, who have been planning and executing the Muslim Holocaust in various parts of the world- to cover their own racism, greed and religious bigotry. Look at the majestic history of Muslims. The history of Islam. Understand the Quran and Sunnah. Islam is the most civilized way of life, and any individual can practice universally. It is natural, acceptable by who study with an open mind and clear heart. It is a religion of Adam, Abraham, Musa, Jesus and Muhammad (SAW).
We all are in need and may Allah give us true understandings and practicing Islam in every aspect of life. Do your best and trust in Allah.

“And how could we not place our trust in God, seeing that it is He who has shown us the path which we are to follow? Hence we shall certainly bear with patience whatever hurt you may do us: for, all who have trust (in His existence) must place their trust in God (alone)” (Quran 14:12)

“O our Sustainer! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy mercy, we shall certainly be lost” (Quran 7:23)

“O our Sustainer! Shower us with patience in adversity and make firm out steps and succor us against the people who deny the truth.” (Quran 2:250)



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Allah (SWT) says:

And We did not

send any messenger

before you

(O Muhammad)

but We revealed to him (saying):

none has the right to be worshipped but

I (La ilaha illah)

so worship Me

(alone

and none else).

(Quran:21:25)

Allah (SWT) says:

“That is because Allah, He is the Truth,

and that which they invoke besides Him is falsehood

(al-batil),

and that Allah,

He is the Most High,

the Most Great



Quran:31:30



 

The Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe).

This wordAllah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians. This word cannot be used to designate anything other than the one true God. The Arabic word Allah occurs in the Quran about 2700 times. In Aramaic, a language related closely to Arabic and the language that Jesus habitually spoke,

Allah! There is no deity save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.

 

 

The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His    scriptures and His messengers - We make no distinction between any of His messengers - and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy    forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying.

Quran  translation 2:285

He is Allah, than Whom there is no other Allah, the Knower of the Invisible and the Visible. He is the Beneficent, Merciful.


He is Allah, than Whom there is no other Allah, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, Peace, the Keeper of Faith, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Superb. Glorified be Allah from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him).

He is Allah, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorifieth Him, and He is the Mighty, the Wise.

Lo! Abraham was a nation obedient to Allah, by nature upright, and he was not of the idolaters;

Thankful for His bounties; He chose him and He guided him unto a straight path.

And We gave him good in the world, and in the Hereafter he is among the righteous.

And afterward We inspired thee (Muhammad, saying): Follow the religion of Abraham, as one by nature upright. He was not of the idolaters.

 

 

 

Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and fair exhortation, and reason with them in the better way. Lo! thy Lord is Best Aware of him who strayeth from His way, and He is Best Aware of those who go aright.

 

Quran Translation 16:      120,121,125


:36 AND WORSHIP Allah  ( God alone), and do not 

ascribe divinity, in any way, to aught beside Him.  

And do good unto your parents, and near of kin, 

and unto orphans, and the needy, and the neighbour

 from among your own people, and the  neighbour 

who is a stranger,  and the friend by your side, 

and the wayfarer, and those whom you rightfully possess. 

 Verily, Allah does not love any of those who, 

full of self-conceit, act in a boastful manner; 

 (Quran 4:36) 






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