May 23, 2020 – Eid al Fitr
As Eid al-Fitr approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, I would like to offer warm regards to all who are observing this religious holiday.
The right to worship and observe the tenets of one’s faith is a basic right and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Eid al-Fitr, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the spiritual enlightenment gained through fasting. It is a time to celebrate with family and friends and to make peace with one’s fellow man. It is also important to celebrate the peace and security that we share as a nation.
This is normally an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate this occasion. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has made normal activities impossible.
During these difficult times we must look after spiritual, emotional and mental well-being of each other. I encourage you to connect with loved ones, friends and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone. Many places of worship are hosting services online and implementing innovative ways to connect their communities, while staying physically apart. Check the website of your place of worship for information about online services and supports.
Special thanks go out to our religious leaders as they provide leadership and look after our religious needs at these difficult times.
Eid al-Fitr Mubarak!