OTTAWA/TORONTO: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended his best wishes to Muslim in Canada and across of the world on the festive occasion of Eid al-Fitr.
“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr,also known as the festival of breaking of the fast,” said a statement by the popular world leader.
“Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important religious holidays for the Muslim community, and marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time to give thanks for the spiritual growth and the blessings received throughout the holy month.
“On this occasion, family and friends gather to attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts, share a celebratory meal, and give generously to others, especially those less fortunate.”
Trudeau said the cultural diversity in Canada is one of the greatest strengths and sources of pride. He said that as the country marks the 150th anniversary of confederation this year, it recognises the invaluable contributions the Muslim community makes to the national fabric.
Trudeau wished Eid Mubarak. “On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr,” he said.
He also posted a video on his Facebook page sharing Eid greetings and a glimpse of his and Canada’s loving and accepting nature during the month of Ramadan.
Trudeau is also seen happily lending a helping hand at a Muslim Welfare Centre. “ There is nothing more Canadian than helping your neighbour,” he said.
He recalled his visit to an international charity organisation, Islamic Relief Canada, which is committed to alleviating poverty in over thirty different countries around the world.
The caption on the post reads: “Happy Eid al-Fitr! The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all – no matter our backgrounds, we’re in this together.”
“I want to wish everyone a joyous Eid al-Fitr, Eid Mubarak, and all the best.”