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Today, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. The month is spent fasting from sunrise to sunset, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and is mandatory for most adults.
Millions of Canadians are celebrating the festival, and sharing their messages online.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world will gather to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan and to give thanks for the spiritual renewal and many blessings received throughout the holy month.
Eid al-Fitr is a time to strengthen family ties, renew friendships, and show compassion and humanity towards those in need both in local communities and around the world.
To mark this important occasion, Muslims attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts, and share a special celebratory meal – their first daytime meal in a month.
On this day, let us thank Canada’s vibrant Muslim community for its tremendous contributions to the shaping and building of our great nation. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and a source of pride.
On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in Canada and around the world.
BC Premier Christy Clark
The new moon signals the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. For a lunar month, no food is consumed during daylight hours, a practice which teaches patience, self-discipline, empathy, charity, and faith.
With Eid, Ramadan comes to an end alongside friends and family, celebrating their faith, each other, and the first daytime meal in a month.
Whether they have been here for generations, or are some of our newest citizens, I wish Muslim families across BC a joyous celebration.
Toronto Mayor John Tory
— John Tory (@JohnTory) July 6, 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
Once again, Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Alberta’s Muslim community, and Muslims across the globe, celebrate the completion of a month of prayer, reflection and spiritual growth.
In a land of many faiths and traditions, we are united in our knowledge of how fortunate we are to find peace and strength together.
As you celebrate Eid al-Fitr, I wish you joy, good health and happiness in the year ahead.
— عنبر (@amberShasan) July 5, 2016