HISTORY OF SRI LANKAN MUSLIMS IN CANADA

Following several constitutional conferences the Constitution Act officially proclaimed Canadian Federation on July 1st 1867 and today we celebrate the Canada Day on 1st July every year.

From the available records after 100 years of Canada Federation. First Sri Lankan Muslim migrated to Canada on 23rd July 1966. He is ThowfeeqDoray and hails from Kurunagala Sri Lanaka followed by Bari family from Beruwela in 1967.

Since then the Sri Lankan Muslims who migrated to Canada have been contributing towards the development of the country. One such person is the first Sri Lankan Engineer AGA Barrie who was involved in constructing the major Highways across the province of Ontario in Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Ottawa. He was also involved in constructing the Harbour for Steel Company of Canada (STELCO) using one of the riskiest methods of construction.

Muslims of Sri Lankan origin have stablished three Masajid and many social, sports and educational associations to promote and maintain the cultural and ethnic values

FACT SHEET OF SRI LANKAN PIONEERS IN CANADA

No DESCRIPTION NAME YEAR REMARKS
1. First – Immigrant ThowfeeqDoray 1967 Radio Technician
2. First – Birth Sharyaz Bari 1969 ZAM & Rosie Bari – Parents
3. First –  Death Baby Fathima Barrie 1972 AGA & Jiffriya Barrie – Parents
4. First – Wedding Razvi Azeez & Christine Ragell  1986 Razvi migrated in 1970
5. First – Enter pruner ZAM Bari 1972 Television – Parts & Repair
6. First – Engineer AGA Barrie P.Eng 1969 Member APEO
7. First – Doctor Dr. Basel Bari  MD 1990 Primary, College and University -Canada
8. First – Hafiz Mohamed   Seyed  Mubarak’s Son
9. First – Lawyer AlaviMohideen 1975 Canadian Membership
10. First – Accountant Zubair 1980 Canadian Membership
11. First – Architect Mark Jaffar 1990 Locally qualified
12. First – Politician Hassan Sheriff 1978 Contested Municipal Elections
13. First – Female Graduate Raihana Barrie 1989 McMaster Hamilton
14. First – Masjid Masjid -Ut – Taqwa 1992 14 Ladysmith Drive Toronto
15. First – Association CSMA   Canada Sri Lanka Muslim Association
16. First – Custom Home 56 Aragon Avenue, Toronto 1985 Owner – AGA Barrie
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