Canadian leaders reflect on start of Ramadan

May 6 2019, 1:20 pm

May 6 marks the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

And as Muslims begin to fast all around the world, Canadian leaders shared their thoughts and well wishes to those celebrating the holy month.

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.

“Each day, Muslim Canadians help build a better Canada,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Today, let’s celebrate their contributions, and come together to continue that work. We will always stand together against Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms, and work to make sure the values of openness, diversity, and freedom of religion are protected.”

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Trudeau’s statement continued to say “Ramadan honours the values at the heart of Islam – like compassion and service to others. It reminds us to give generously, and put the needs of others before our own – this month, and throughout the year.”

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said the month of Ramadan is an opportunity for us to reflect on the important contributions that Muslim Canadians have made to Canada.

“This occasion serves as a time to appreciate the material comforts we are blessed with and to offer a helping hand to those who are less fortunate,” said Scheer. “Ramadan also reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. In a turbulent world where too many people suffer from conflict, violence, and discrimination, this sacred time of fasting and prayer offers us an opportunity to reflect on our obligation, as humans, to pursue peace, justice and respect.”

And NDP leader Jagmeet Singh described Ramadan as a time of spiritual renewal, selfless service, and prayer.

“Over the next few weeks, as families across Canada come together in the evenings for iftar, the breaking of the fast, they will also be reconnecting with each other and strengthening their communities by sharing the gifts of self-reflection that Ramadan offers them,” said Singh.

“On behalf of all New Democrats, I wish all those in Canada observing Ramadan a peaceful month with family, friends, and loved ones. And may we all be inspired by this time to discover new ways to improve our communities and the lives of those around us.”

Each leader ended their statements with the traditional greeting, “Ramadan Mubarak.”

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