PREMIER Christy Clark issued the following statement marking Eid ul-Fitr:
“This week, some 100,000 British Columbians of the Muslim faith will mark Eid ul-Fitr, the last day of Ramadan. After a month of fasting from dawn to sunset, Muslims here and around the globe will break their fast a final time.
“Eid ul-Fitr celebrates not only the end of fasting, but also the many blessings in each of our lives. At this time, Muslims gather with family and friends to practise compassion, charity and good works.
“I hope that British Columbians of all faiths will join their Muslim friends and neighbours in celebrating Eid. No matter our beliefs, we should all share the values of charity, humility and acceptance.
NEW Democrat Leader John Horgan and multiculturalism critic Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) issued the following statement celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr:
“On behalf of the B.C. New Democrat caucus, we extend best wishes to all who are celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan.
“During this festive period, Muslims in Canada and around the world come together in a renewal of faith, gratitude and optimism for the future. It is also a time to celebrate unity, forgiveness, charity and peace. These are values that are universal and shared by Muslims and non-Muslims.
“We are fortunate to have an active, diverse and vibrant Muslim community in our province and as you celebrate this festive occasion, the B.C. New Democrats share in your hope for a joyous and peaceful Eid ul-Fitr.
SENATOR Mobina Jaffer’s Eid ul-Fitr greetings:
I hope that you and your families have a very special Eid ul-Fitr.
For Muslims around the world Eid ul-Fitr is a celebration of the end of a month of fasting known as Ramadan. During that month, Muslims hold a heightened sense of awareness over their actions, increase their charitable giving and work to develop their spirituality.
On Eid, 1.6 billion Muslims around the world exchange gifts with their friends and family. Prayers are held at community centres and mosques and families prepare feasts for all to share.
As Canadians we are blessed to live in one of the most inclusive countries in the world where we can all practise our faiths openly. That is why every day I feel blessed to live in this country.
Once again, I would like to wish all readers Eid Mubarak.