Canadian leaders celebrate Eid al-Adha with Islamic communities

Aug 21 2018, 2:23 pm

On Tuesday, Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Eid al-Adha.

One of the holiest holidays in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha marks the end of Hajj in Saudi Arabia, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. During Eid al-Adha, Muslim families celebrate by coming together, and by prayer.

And leaders across Canada are celebrating with Muslim Canadians, saying “Eid Mubarak” (Happy Eid) to all.

“Eid al-Adha is a time to reflect on lessons of sacrifice and to show compassion to those in need,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement. “For all of us, Eid al-Adha is an opportunity to recognize the important contributions the Canadian Muslim community makes to our society, and to celebrate the differences that make us who we are. Eid Mubarak!”

In Toronto, Mayor John Tory thanked the Muslim community for the contributions they make to the city “in many different areas.”

“On behalf of Toronto City Council, I offer my best wishes to the Muslim community on this important day,” said Tory. “Eid Mubarak.”

Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued a statement on behalf of the New Democrats, in which he also thanked the Muslim communities around the world.

“Today we also think about Muslim communities around the world, who are displaced or affected by conflict and unable to celebrate with friends and family. Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones at this time,” Singh said. “Today, as Muslims are uniting in gratitude, and optimism for the future, let us all look forward with hope for a more just and inclusive world. Let us all work together to fight racism and Islamophobia and build a more inclusive country.”

BC Premier John Horgan extended his best wishes to Muslims on behalf of British Columbians.

“Eid al-Adha is a time to think about others – to give to charity, do good deeds and help people who need it the most,” said Horgan in a statement.

“On Eid al-Adha, and every day, British Columbians must continue to work together to lift people up and help people who are less fortunate. To all the people observing Eid al-Adha, I wish you a joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak!”

Other Canadian leaders also celebrated and wished Muslims a happy Eid through social media.

Eid al-Adha celebrations continue until August 25.

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