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Photographs of Muslim Toronto (from the Toronto Digital Archives)

1. “Moslem Women in Metro will say special prayers this Saturday which is the birthday of the prophet Mohammed. To those of Islamic faith, Allah is god and Mohammed is his messenger. There are about 50,000 followers of Islam in Metro who came here from countries such as Pakistan, India, Albania and Arab states.” (1969)

2. “Blushing bride (and groom): Muntaz was married to his bride Fazela in a Muslim ceremony that mixed Canadian traditions with those of his native Guryana.” (1982)

3. “Nozhat Choudry Rao applies henna stain to friends’ hands as they get a head start on the three-day Islamic festival of Eid ul-Fitr. Using henna is a traditional ritual; Nozhat says.“ (1997)

4. “You’re never too young. Mohamed Hussein Joins his father Hussein; left; and Ahmed Mohamed; right; as 3;000 Metro Muslims gather at the Better Living Centre in Exhibition place yesterday to offer prayers marking the end of Ramadan.” (1992)

5. “Locked-out Moslems pray in the snow; Nineteen Moslems; with shoes off; kneel on prayer rugs laid on the snow outside Jami’ Mosque in last night’s 32-degree weather.” (1972)

6. “Toronto protest: About 200 Muslims demonstrate at Queen’s Park yesterday to protest India'a treatment of Muslims in the disputed Kashmir region.” (1990)