Canadian leaders share their blessings for the start of Ramadan

Apr 13 2021, 1:30 pm

Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Tuesday.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrated as the holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection, and prayers. Throughout the holiday, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and partake in nightly feasts.

In Canada, prime minister Justin Trudeau and conservative party leader Erin O’Toole wished observers a blessed month.

“Over the coming month, while fasting during the daytime, many Muslim Canadians will continue to be on the front lines of our fight against COVID-19,” says Trudeau. “During these exceptional times, I invite all Canadians to recognize the many contributions Muslim communities have made to our country since the pandemic began, as they have for many generations.”

Trudeau said Muslim Canadians will turn to virtual alternatives as ways to “come together and enjoy iftar” with friends and families as the country continues to follow public health guidelines amid the pandemic.

“Many will also take this time to reflect on the values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity at the heart of Islam,” he continued. “These values, which many Canadians of all backgrounds share, are central to building a safer, healthier, and stronger country for everyone.”

“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.”

O’Toole says the beginning of Ramadan is a time “for community, charity and reflection” and wished Muslims in Canada and around the world a blessed month.

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