Muslim Community in the Province of Saskatchewan
The early Muslim settlers in Saskatchewan were Lebanese farmers who came around the end of the 19th century and settled in South Western Saskatchewan around Swift Current. Since then, more Muslims have moved to the province from different Islamic countries. The number of Muslims in Saskatchewan is estimated to be more than 3,000. They live in Saskatoon, Regina, Swift Current, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and other smaller towns. The city of Saskatoon currently has more than 1,000 Muslims. The city of Regina has a similar number. Currently there are three Mosques in Saskatchewan. The first one was established in our city, Saskatoon. The other two Mosques are in Regina and Swift Current. Both Regina's and Swift Current's Mosques were formerly churches that were converted to Mosques.
Muslim Community in the City of Saskatoon
The first wave of Muslims to settle in Saskatoon came in the 1960s. Today Muslims living in Saskatoon come from more than 25 countries. There are more than 200 families in the Saskatoon area plus a fairly large number of Muslim university students, many with families.
Old Islamic Centre
In 1978 a small church on 25th St. West was purchased as a Mosque and Islamic Centre. This Centre served to focus the activities of the Muslim community. These activities included prayers, a weekend Sunday school for Muslim children, a monthly Islamic forum and so on. In the early 1990s, as the number of Muslims of Saskatoon increased it became increasingly apparent that the Centre on 25th St. West was too small for community needs, and for big gatherings school halls had to be rented. It became clear during the course of community consultation that the community had to either buy a facility or build a new facility. After a long process of consultation and deliberation within the Islamic community and negotiations with the Saskatoon Public School Board, the purchase of the Grosvenor Park School by the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) was completed in November 1993. After some renovations the centre is now used for prayer and devotional services, plus educational, social, cultural, athletic and related purposes.
Current Islamic Centre
The Saskatoon Islamic Centre (mosque) is located at 222 Copland Crescent. The building, a former elementary school (Grosvenor Park Elementary School) was purchased in 1993 by the Muslim Community of Saskatoon from the Saskatoon School Board. The Centre is in walking distance of the University of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital. The Islamic Centre caters to religious and social needs with prayers, social events, invitation of scholars, and a Weekend Islamic Arabic School.
The Centre has a prayer hall which can accommodate more than 400 persons, a gym, 8 classrooms, a playroom (day care), 2 kitchens (one large kitchen certified by the Health Board and another small one), 2 lunch rooms, a library, 2 wadu' areas and other facilities. The Centre is located on 2 acres of land close to the Grosvenor Park in a nice neighborhood.
Other Muslim organizations in Saskatoon
- Prairie Muslim Association (PMA) Inc.
- Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) - Saskatoon chapter