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Muslim split in Saskatoon?

December 29, 2009

I’ve heard talk of a new mosque on the west side of Saskatoon.  My first thought was that perhaps the local Muslim population had achieved some critical mass and was undergoing a sectarian split.  You know … all Muslims congregate together until there are enough for the Sunnis and Shias to meet separately.

(Before anyone goes crazy accusing me of being anti-Muslim, I assume that the same thing happens in to Christians in non-Christian countries.  Everyone spends holy days together until there are enough Catholics and Baptists and whatever for each denomination to hold their own services.)

Back to the topic at hand … I might be wrong.  Turns out that Shias were already holding their own prayers and meetings.  Hmmm.  Maybe the new mosque is just because the Muslim population has outgrown the current facility?  Or maybe there is some other subgrouping besides Sunni/Shia?

Anyone care to enlighten me?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawud permalink
    January 30, 2010 5:22 am

    It’s over crowded, theres not enough room for all of us in the parking lot or the prayer hall. It has nothing to do with any sectarian split.

  2. Michele permalink*
    January 30, 2010 9:31 am

    If there is no split, why are there now three separate official organizations representing Muslims in Saskatoon?

    Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon)
    Saskatoon Muslim Foundation
    Prairie Muslim Association

    Plus the separate Shia group linked above.

  3. Jaif permalink
    February 26, 2011 10:26 am

    Hi Michael,

    Islamic association of Saskatchewan is an administration which take care of the main Mosque. The other two organization are welfare or social organizations which does various services for the benefit of muslims like charity, arranging islamic programmes etc. There is no conflict between them. But if there is another mosque that will be built in Saskatoon they can name the administration whatever the name they want. It has nothing to do with difference in belief. So in conclusion we all muslims beleive that God is only one (Monotheism).. There can be differences in many minor things depending on the interpretation, but if anybody differs in the belief that God is one, then he is no longer a muslim. Hope this make sense to you.

  4. Jaif permalink
    February 26, 2011 10:29 am

    Hi Michele (Sorry for mispelling your name for earlier comment)

    Islamic association of Saskatchewan is an administration which take care of the main Mosque. The other two organization are welfare or social organizations which does various services for the benefit of muslims like charity, arranging islamic programmes etc. There is no conflict between them. But if there is another mosque that will be built in Saskatoon they can name the administration whatever the name they want. It has nothing to do with difference in belief. So in conclusion we all muslims beleive that God is only one (Monotheism).. There can be differences in many minor things depending on the interpretation, but if anybody differs in the belief that God is one, then he is no longer a muslim. Hope this make sense to you.

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