Timeline of important events in the history of Muslims in Manitoba

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Compiled by: Manitoba Muslim staff.

Date

Development

1900s-1950s

First Muslim immigrants arrive in Manitoba from Eastern Europe, the Caribbean Islands and Lebanon.

1950s-60s

Groups of Indo-Pakistani & Arab Immigrants begin studying and settling in Manitoba

1966

Sunday Noon (Dhur) Prayer held regularly in the basement of one of the houses of the Muslims in Manitoba. There was approximately 25 Muslim families in total.

1967

Muslims in Winnipeg form a group later to become the Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA)

1967-1971

Sunday noon prayers moved to the Unitarian church, due to increase in number of Muslims.

1969

Manitoba Islamic Association (MIA) legally incorporated

1969

Fundraising for 1st mosque begins

1971-1974

The Sunday noon prayer is moved from the Unitarian church to the International Centre.

1972

Obligatory Friday prayers (Juma’a) begins at the university of Manitoba

1974-1975

Building of 1st mosque in Winnipeg on Hazelwood begins.

1975

Completion of MIA Mosque in August of this year.

1976

Opening of the weekend Islamic school in the mosque.

1980

Annual summer camps begin as an institution

1987

MIA invites its first Imam of mosque from Nigeria, Imam Tahir Aderonmu (served ~3 years)

1990-91

Muslim youth council (MYC) formed.

1991

A feasibility study for a new Muslim community center conducted

1991

Statistics Canada report on Muslims in Manitoba to be ~3,525

1991

Muhammad Safi, the 2nd Imam of MIA arrives in Winnipeg from Guyana (served for ~ 3years, left in 1994).

1994

Establishment of Takaful fund to help needy people in the community

1996

Al-Hijrah Full time Islamic school begins.

1997

A North America wide Educational retreat held in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. Various international and North American scholars attended the retreat.

1999

Establishment of Manitoba Muslim Newsletter

1999

MIA reports that the number of Muslims in Manitoba is +5000

2000

Arrival of Hosni Azzabi from Tunisia as the 3rd Imam of the MIA mosque.

1999-2003

Expansion of community and Islamic activities with regular prayers and Friday prayers at various venues, including both universities, Health Sciences centre, Islamic Education foundation, Pakistan Association centre and MIA masjid

2003

Beginning of construction of the new center on Waverely. Establishment of Ecole Sofiya full time Islamic School. The formal opening of the Islamic institute of Manitoba (IIIM) in downtown.

2004

Winnipeg Central Mosque officially opens on October the 15th.

2006

The Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (CMWI) officially launched in Winnipeg on November 12.

2007

The Islamic Social Services Association, Inc. (ISSA) launches the first of its kind public awareness campaign highlighting the contributions of Muslims in Manitoba on December the 14th. 

2007

The Grand mosque on Waverely officially opens on January 20th.

2008

Establishment of Manitoba Muslim Seniors Association