October ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH Canada
Canada’s national cultural heritage is the sum total of the way Canadians from every background and every walk of life identify and express themselves. Islamic civilization does not belong only to Muslim Canadians, but to all Canadians. In fact, for more than 1,000 years
(about 600 AD through 1600 AD), Muslims made significant contributions to the well-being of humanity in numerous fields of endeavour. There are so many good stories to share and new learnings to experience; we intend to do all that, and more, during Islamic History Month Canada.
Chair: Mrs. Shahina Siddiqui
Islamic History Month Canada [IHMC] is the month of October dedicated to celebrating and sharing the rich heritage of Muslim contributions globally and in Canada. IHMC was launched on October 25, 2007, with a motion in Parliament by the Honourable Mauril Belanger.
The IHMC was established and sustained by the Canadian Islamic Congress [CIC] from 2007 to 2012. We thank CIC for their past commitment to the IHMC. We would also like to thank Wahida Valiante for her diligent efforts as Chair of the IHMC.
We are pleased to announce that IHMC as of August 2013 is an independent entity. With a long list of Canadian achievements, we are furthermore pleased to announce that Shahina Siddiqui, a social worker, spiritual counselor, educator and social activist, is the new Chair of the IHMC.The objective of IHMC is to motivate and inspire Canadian Muslims to annually share their history, heritage and culture with fellow Canadians during one month, to be called the Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC).
This goal would be achieved through community and public events such as; exhibitions, lectures, celebrity tours, book fairs, and other complementary activities.
This will be a month in which Canadian Muslims celebrate and share our diverse civilization, including our contributions to the arts, sciences, medicine, architecture, humanities, music, spirituality, and every area of human knowledge. It will become a permanent part of Canada’s multicultural calendar with similar events across the country and will build bridges of understanding and appreciation between Muslims and all other Canadians.
Moreover, IHMC will enhance Canada’s ties, both economically and culturally, with other Muslim countries.
The new IHMC Board of Directors include:
- Mrs Shahina Siddiqui (Chair)
- Ms. Zeba Hashmi (General Secretary)
- Ms. Saleha Khan (Spokesperson)
- Dr. Ahmed Shoker (Director)
IHMC is sponsored by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), Islamic Circle of North America-Canada (ICNA), Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), the Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF), the Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM), Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), the Coalition of Muslim Organization (COMO), the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA), the Human Concern International (HCI), the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), the High Commission and the Government of Malaysia, AlBukhary Foundation and the law firms of McCarthy Tétrault, Philips & Vineberg, Michel W. Drapeau Law Firm, Quadra Systems Corporation as well as many Canadian and international corporations and individuals, both financially and in-kind, too many to list. To all of our generous sponsors, we are gratefully thankful.
Islamic History Month Canada