September 19, 2009

Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing Eid al-Fitr

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Eid al-Fitr:

“This coming Sunday is a significant day for Muslims around the world as it is Eid al-Fitr. Known as the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, this holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

“It is a time marked by special congregational prayers, charity, and gift-giving. It is also time of great celebration during which Muslims visit family and friends and gather for festive meals.

“For all Canadians, this important Islamic holiday provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that the Muslim community has made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“As Prime Minister Harper has said, ‘Pluralism is the principle that binds our diverse peoples together.’

“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I offer my best wishes for a happy Eid al-Fitr to all Muslims.

“Eid Mubarak.”