Premier John Horgan on Islamic New Year

PREMIER John Horgan in a statement recognizing Muharram, the Islamic New Year, on Thursday said: “Today marks the beginning of a new year for Muslim communities throughout British Columbia and around the world.

“The holy month of Muharram is a time of spiritual reflection, prayer and mourning for the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed and an important figure in Islam who stood for justice and equality.

“As our province continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Muharram reminds us to stand up for the most vulnerable people in our communities and remain steadfast in our efforts to keep all British Columbians safe. It is through our shared values of respect and kindness that we will get through this challenging time.

“To all those observing the New Year: Kul aam wa antum bekhayr.”