Saskatoon's Muslim community and people in Pelican Narrows, Sask. came together in grief this weekend.

Together, the two communities are mourning the death of Munir Ahmad.

Ahmad, who came to Canada from Pakistan in 1999, moved to Pelican Narrows about four years ago. He died of a heart attack last week.

Taukeer Ashraf, who lives in Saskatoon, said his friend shared his beliefs with people in his community.
"He's been working in Pelican Narrows as a school teacher for the past four years and I guess he got very involved in the community," Ashraf said. "Munir was a very friendly, sociable, happy, lovable character. He didn't hide his faith and I think a lot of his personality came out in his faith."

Ashraf said about 100 people from Pelican Narrows travelled to Saskatoon this weekend for Ahmad's funeral.

"The feeling was really warm to just see that kind of community impact, that they would take the time," he said.

The community also raised about $6,000 in a matter of hours to help with funeral expenses.

People in Pelican Narrows are holding their own memorial next week.

Pelican Narrows is about 520 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.