This 5th annual celebration was special. The Right Hon. Jean Chretien, Prime Minister, attended. He got a standing ovation as he walked in. He charmed the audience by wishing them “Eid Mubarak”. He said that Muslims are as much a part of the Canadian family as anyone else.

His Excellency, Dr. Mohammed R. Al-Husseini, Ambassador for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, presented a beautiful crystal model of the Holy Mosque of Mecca to the Association. Professor Sulayman S. Nyang, Department of African Studies, Howard University, Washington, D.C., was the Keynote Speaker.

PH-PM-2000 Mosque1
Prime Minister Jean Chretien at podium. (L – R)
Mobeen Khaja, Dan McTeague, Derek Lee
Presentation of the crystal mosque:( L – R): H.E.
Dr. Al-Husseini, Mukhtar Malik, Mobeen Khaja,
Rahim Jaffer, Hon. Paul Martin, Dan McTeague,
Dr. Sheikh, Zul Kassamali
Mahdis--emcees guests
Emcees Dan McTeague and Rahim Jaffer, MPs,
with H.E. Rafat Mahdi (Ambassador for Pakistan)
and Mrs. Mahdi
Some guests. In front, Aziz Bhaloo, National President
for the Ismaili Council and Mrs. Amina Bhaloo
H.E. Dr. Al-Husseini, Ambassador for Saudi Arabia,
Hon. Paul Martin and Dan McTeague

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