B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson on Saturday released the following statement in honour of Eid al-Fitr:
“Tonight at sunset marks the end of Ramadan and the eve of Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast. Ordinarily this would be a time when Muslims across British Columbia and around the world would break the fast and gather with friends and family in celebration.
“This year, due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, many will be prevented from marking this holy day with friends and family.
“Thankfully, British Columbia’s Muslim community was able to organize an online iftar for Ramadan to continue to provide connection, hope, and inspiration. I was honoured to play a small role in this year’s virtual gathering and it is my hope that we will all be able to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in person next year.
“Eid is a time to honour the universal values of service, charity, peace, and compassion. From supporting local charities to volunteering at food banks, Muslims across British Columbia have stepped up during COVID-19 and proven that not even a pandemic can prevent them from demonstrating these important values.
“On behalf of the entire BC Liberal Caucus, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all those have completed a successful fast and are celebrating Eid al-Fitr.