Minister Kenney Ramaddan

Minister Kenney issues statement on the month of Ramadan

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the start of the month of Ramadan, which officially began when the first crescent of a new moon was sighted:

“Today marks the start of Ramadan, the holy month during which the Qur’an is believed to have been revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

This is a time of worship, reflection and contemplation for all Muslims. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, as Muslims are also called upon to worship, pray, and read the Qur’an.

Ramadan is also a month for giving, sharing and spending time with friends and family. Its observance is intended to foster generosity and understanding.

During this month, Muslims often invite their neighbours, including non-Muslims, to participate in an Iftar dinner to break the fast. I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Islam and the contributions that Muslims have made to our country’s rich and diverse heritage.

“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes to all Canadian Muslims as they observe the month of Ramadan.

“Ramadan Mubarak.”

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