May 15, 2018 – Ramadan
As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.
One of the most important rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the right to worship. The observance of Ramadan, one of the holiest times in the Muslim religious calendar, offers a time to reflect on one’s good fortune, the plight of those less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.
A multicultural society offers the opportunity to share one’s culture and faith. Ramadan offers a unique opportunity for Muslim Canadians to share the tenets of their faith with their fellow Canadians. This sharing helps to bring understanding and acceptance of what makes each of us unique. It also helps to strengthen the ties which make us Canadian.
The self-reflection, prayer and charity exhibited during Ramadan serve to remind each of us of our individual spirituality and the need for individual and collective sacrifice.
Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths. Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.
As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.