TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Muslims on the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, praising Canadian Muslims contributions in making the country great.
Starting his video from Assalamu Alaikum, Justin Trudeau said, “This week Muslims in Canada and around the world mark the beginning of Ramadan. People will gather in mosques and homes with family and friends to observe this holy month. Everywhere it’s celebrated, Ramadan reminds us to appreciate our many blessings, give back to our communities and put the needs of others before our own”.
He added, “This year, as we mark Canada’s 150 birth anniversary let’s celebrate the many traditions, cultures and beliefs that make our country such a great place to live.
“Muslim Canadians make enormous contributions to our country and help make Canada the strong, open and inclusive place it is today. On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all Muslims a happy Ramadan.”
He signed off saying, ‘Ramadan Mubarak’.
A few days back, Canada Post issued an `Eid stamp that read “`Eid Mubarak”. This stamp was designed by Doreen Colonello and Erin Enns and Color Innovations printed it.
Ramadan Greetings from Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Honorable Ahmed Hussen.
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 become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.
It is customary for Muslims to spend part of the days during Ramadan studying the Noble Qur’an.
Many men perform i`tikaf (spiritual retreat), spending the last 10 days of the month exclusively in the mosque.