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.
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.