PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday issued the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:
“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
“Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. After a month of fasting and spiritual reflection, Eid is a time for community and celebration.
“This festival is also a chance to honour the values at the heart of Islam – from service and generosity to peace and compassion. Whether it’s volunteering at a food bank or supporting local charities, Muslim Canadians show us the best of those values, all throughout the year.
“Today, let’s celebrate the many contributions Muslim Canadians make to our country. Our government will always stand with Canada’s Muslim communities. We will continue to fight against Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms, and together, we’ll keep building a better Canada.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a joyful Eid.
B.C. Premier John Horgan issued the following statement to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan:
“Beginning today, the Muslim community in British Columbia and around the globe will begin to gather for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
“Ramadan teaches us the importance of gratitude, while reminding us to be compassionate toward those who are less fortunate. As traditional prayers, food and well-wishes are exchanged, the universal values of unity, charity and peace are also celebrated on Eid al-Fitr. These are values this government shares.
“Whether through volunteerism, charitable giving or working in local leadership roles, the Muslim community in B.C. has helped build a better province for everyone.
“Today, and every day, our government is committed to standing up for diversity, inclusion and mutual respect.
“On behalf of every British Columbian, I wish all those who observed this holy month a joyous end of Ramadan.