TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed the holy month of Ramadan with a special message to Muslims in his country and around the world.
“Over the coming month [Ramadan], families and friends will gather in mosques and homes, fast during the daytime, and, in the evening, break their fast with iftar and pray together,” Trudeau said in a statement published by Canada Newswire.
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint, and good deeds.
Muslims in North America started fasting on Wednesday, May 16, on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
In his Ramadan message, Trudeau stressed on US Muslims’ efforts to help the less fortunate all through the year and especially on Ramadan.
“Ramadan is a time of prayer and spiritual contemplation, and a chance to reflect on values like compassion, gratitude, and generosity. For all of us, Ramadan asks us to do more to put those values into practice, appreciate our many blessings, and give generously to others in our communities and around the world,” he added.
He also praised Canadian Muslims contributions to the society.
“In Canada, Ramadan is also an opportunity to celebrate our country’s Muslim communities, and the important contributions Muslim Canadians make each day.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those observing this holy month a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.”
Toronto mayor, John Tory, also wished “Toronto’s Muslim community a solemn & reflective Ramadan.”
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) May 15, 2018