Source: Cape Breton Post
By Dr Sheira Haq and Pushpa Rathore
October is the month to celebrate Islamic heritage in Canada.
In 2007, Parliament proclaimed October as the Canadian Islamic Heritage Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society.
The most distinctive feature of Islam is twofold.
First, it is the only religion which claims to be and is the final, the universal and eternal religion for all times and for all peoples. Second, it is the only religion which acknowledges and bears witness to the veracity of every other religion and claims that the truth is not the monopoly of Islam alone.
The outstanding contributions of Islam have not only enhanced and served to enrich our lives but also brought recognition to Canada and comfort to people both at home and abroad.
Islamic efforts span a wide gamut of fields from sciences, literature, trade and entrepreneurship to medicine, media, music and sports. Their outstanding contributions to humanity are rarely acknowledged and known, except by a few. These have enriched our past, are doing so at present and will inspire and motivate generations to come.
Followed by more than a billion people today, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The 1.8 billion Muslims make up approximately one-quarter of the world’s population. Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India have the most adherents. Indonesia alone, with its population of 270 million, exceeds the combined population of Muslims in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, the traditional heartland of Islam. Europe and North America also have large Muslim populations.
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