August 23, 2009

Statement of Immigration Kenney on the Month of Ramadan (2009)

Here's the statement of Immigration Minister Jason Kenney recognizing the start of the month of Ramadan (2009):

“The holy month of Ramadan, which begins tomorrow, takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, the month in which the Qur’an is believed to have been revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

“It is a time of great reflection for Muslims as they are called upon to fast, worship, pray, and read the Qur’an. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is, in fact, one of the five pillars of Islam.

“Such observance is intended to foster generosity and understanding, as Ramadan is also a month of giving, sharing, and socializing.

“I encourage all Canadians to use this month as an opportunity to learn about Islam, and to reflect on the tremendous contributions that Muslims have made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“As Prime Minister Harper has said, ‘Our government considers diversity one of this country’s greatest assets and we are committed to strengthening both our pluralism and our national unity.’

“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I wish a solemn and peaceful Ramadan to all Muslims.

“Ramadan Mubarak.”[Source]

Few months ago, Canadian Council of Muslim Women received financial support from the Government of Canada.