The Dawoodi Bohra community of Mississauga recently held a remarkable event that combined faith, culture, and patriotism – the Hubbul Watan Carnival. This event, which resonates with the message of “love for one’s country is integral to faith,” as emphasized by His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saufuddin, showcased the profound concept of ‘Hubbul Watan,’ an idea rooted in the teachings of Prophet Mohammed. On July 1st, the Dawoodi Bohra community came together to celebrate both Canada Day and Eid al-Adha, a significant Islamic occasion that aligned this year with June 27-28.
The event was graced by the presence of esteemed individuals, including Mayor Bonnie Crombie, MPP Nina Tangri, MPs Rechie Valdez and Iqra Khalid, Councillor Brad Butt, Mississauga Fire Emergency Services Platoon Chief Luigi Davoli, and Cst. Bains of Peel Police. Their active participation added significance to the celebration, underlining the harmony achieved through the integration of diverse cultural festivities.
The carnival – mirroring the community’s commitment to the Canadian values of equality, freedom, and inclusion – became a meeting point for community members, neighbours, and local dignitaries, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared reverence for the country. Behlah Ayman, President of the Mississauga Dawoodi Bohra Community, led a flag hoisting ceremony symbolising the gathering’s collective love for Canada.
Sheref Sabawy, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), Mississauga (Erin Mills), took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the Dawoodi Bohra community, stating, “Your passion and dedication have contributed to a positive atmosphere that makes our community a better place. It is the perseverance of enthusiastic community leaders like yourself that demonstrates the true Ontario spirit. When Ontarians work together, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”
The Hubbul Watan carnival hosted by the Dawoodi Bohras of Mississauga was a joyous cultural festival that encouraged unity and mutual respect, contributing to the vibrant multicultural tapestry of Canada.