Mobeen Khaja came to Canada 41 years ago with his wife, Anees, and son, Mateen. The family became Canadian Citizens in 1977 soon after the Citizenship Act changed to allow people to apply for Canadian Citizenship after 3 years of stay instead of 5 years. After working continuously for 25 years with the same company in Canada, he took early retirement in November 1998 and has dedicated his time and energy since then to serve the community. He has served as a volunteer for more than 20 years, and has initiated and implemented programmes to bring people of all faiths and backgrounds together. He strongly believes in bridge building and creating an atmosphere of understanding and harmony between the multicultural communities and the mainstream community to make Canada a better place for all. Mobeen's involvements are too numerous to be mentioned here.
In January 2011, Mobeen was awarded the Order of Ontario for his contributions to promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding between Muslims and other religious and ethnic groups. The citation was as follows: Mobeenuddin Khaja has actively promoted peace and cross-cultural understanding between Muslims and other religious and ethnic groups. He founded the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario. Every Eid, these organizations unify Muslims and others in simultaneous celebrations in Ottawa at Parliament Hill and in Toronto at Queen's Park. Believing that religious intolerance negatively affects us all, Mr. Khaja has worked with churches, the police, tourism officials, governments, schools and communities to find ways to break down cultural stereotypes and misconceptions and replace them with understanding. Mr. Khaja's work is representative of a Canadian society that celebrates diversity.
Canada Day Celebrations that the Association of Progressive Muslims started in 1999 are a hallmark of our being Canadian as a unique, pluralistic and multicultural society. The event starts at 9:00 p.m. on June 30th. At midnight, on July 1st, Canada Day is celebrated by cutting cakes and singing the National Anthem. All those present are pleased to be the first ones in the country to celebrate our national Day.
Since 2004 Mobeen Khaja is also the Co-Chair of the Taste of Asia Festival, the largest Asian festival in the City of Markham along with Mayor Frank Scarpitti as Co-Chair and Dr. Ken Ng Chairman of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham as the Chairman of the festival, attracting more than 100,000 people to celebrate the diversity of our country.
Mobeenuddin Khaja has actively promoted peace and cross-cultural understanding between Muslims and other religious and ethnic groups. He founded the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario.
Mobeenuddin Hasan Khaja |
Founder of New Canada Movement