Canada’s Trudeau welcomes Ramazan with special Iftar

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday celebrated Iftar with Muslim members of his partu, saying “it was a pleasure to break the first Ramazan fast”.

Earlier on Sunday, Trudeau also released a statement that read, “On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those observing this holy month a blessed and peaceful Ramazan.”

“Muslims in Canada and around the world will embark upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection to commemorate the revealing of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

“During Ramazan, Muslims fast during daylight hours to increase their patience, closeness to God, and generosity towards those less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims invite neighbours and friends to share their evening meal – Iftar – recite prayers together, and encourage each other to give to charity,” the statement added.

The Canadian prime minster also took the moment to express his gratitude for the “invaluable contributions of our Muslim communities that enrich our national fabric each and every day”.

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