World leaders have sent special greetings to the Muslim community to mark the end of Ramadan and `Eid Al-Fitr, commending their spirit of giving and integration.
“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,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Monday.
“This festival is also a chance to honor 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.”
The Canadian Premier commended the Muslim community’s effort in Canada, vowing to continue to fight against Islamophobia.
“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.”
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 3, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morisson also shared a message to greet Muslims on the post-Ramadan feast.
Wishing our Australian Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan a joyous and blessed Eid al-Fitr. Eid Mubarak.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) June 4, 2019
UK Prime Minister Theresa May also shared a message greeting Muslims on `Eid Al-Fitr.
“I want to send my very best wishes to Muslims at home and around the world celebrating the festival of `Eid Al-Fitr,” May said in a statement last Saturday.
“For more than three million British Muslims, the joyous occasion of `Eid, spent with family and loved ones marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
“Over the last month, many British Muslims have shared the holy practices of Ramadan with neighbors of all faiths and none – from doing charity work in the local community to preparing meals for the elderly or coming together to break the fast at the end of the day.”
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 4, 2019
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also shared a warm message to Muslims, praising the community’s efforts.
I wish #EidMubarak to Muslims in the UK and around the world. During Ramadan I was invited to several Iftars where I shared a meal and broke fast with people of all faiths and none. The Iftar in Finsbury Park was an incredible celebration of our diverse community coming together. pic.twitter.com/p12mpRx5Iu
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 4, 2019
The three-day `Eid Al-Fitr festival is one of the two main religious celebrations in Islam, together with `Eid Al-Adha.
After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.
And while traditionally everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).
During `Eid days, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.