Assalamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,
October is the Islamic History Month Canada
A golden past with modern day examples that touch our lives daily, an acknowledgement to those who have contributed to the betterment of humanity throughout the ages, and an overall celebration of Islamic history summarizes Islamic History Month Canada [IHMC].
Already now in its eighth year, IHMC has been proclaimed in more than half-a-dozen cities across Canada. The inauguration of IHMC took place on October 25, 2007 when Canada's Federal parliament officially declared October as Islamic History Month in Canada.
Celebrations take place across Canada in October. Many cities have annually proclaimed IHMC since the inauguration. The recognition of Islamic History Month is an exciting part of Canadian-Muslim history although the honour is not limited to IHMC only. For example, Many City Councils have proclaimed Black History Month, European Heritage Month, Diwali Month, and Barbados Heritage among other proclamations that have been issued to celebrate the diverse fabric of Canadians.
Bridge-building with understanding is one of the goals of IHMC. More importantly at a time when Muslim are being perceived as the ‘other’, it’s a time dedicated to showcasing Muslims’ contributions to humanity many may not be aware of. Previous IHMC themes have been Islamic Art and Architecture; Islamic Banking and Finance; Irrigation and Water systems; Medicine and Pharmacology; and Islam and the Environment. Islamic History Month Canada provides a time to focus on celebrating and educating the Muslim and non-Muslim community on the rich history, heritage and culture of Canadian Muslims and Muslims around the world.
Thus, I urge all of us to read more about our golden history, reflect on them, and share them with our children, youth, friends, and neighbors in this month. Donate Islamic history books, seerah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to public libraries, and gift them to your neighbors. Let us connect ourselves with our roots more than even to make our present better, and future brighter and stronger.
Abu Noman Tarek