Justin Trudeau breaks first Ramazan fast with Muslims

Published: June 8, 2016
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an interview with Reuters in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 19, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in an interview with Reuters in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 19, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is often seen as the champion of minority rights and diversity, has now gone one step further in not only wishing Muslims all over the world Ramazan Mubarak, but also highlighting the true meaning of the holy month.

“It was a pleasure to celebrate Iftar and break the first Ramazan fast with Muslim members of our caucus last night,” Trudeau tweeted.

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On Sunday, the Canadian PM released a statement wishing Ramazan Mubarak, saying,“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),” he added.

“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,” he added.

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Trudeau stressed that Ramazan reminded all of us to show appreciation for the countless blessings we enjoy and to put the needs of others before our own.

The Canadian premier 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. Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride.”

Trudeau has been winning hearts since he came to power and it is not for nothing that Karachi is among eight cities in the world with the highest number of likes on Trudeau’s Facebook page.

Ramazan Mubarak to you too, Mr Prime Minister!

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Reader Comments (17)

  • push2shove
    Jun 8, 2016 - 1:12PM

    He’s nuts to co-opt these regressives, when the rest of the world is keen on getting rid of them.Recommend

  • Ziaurrehman
    Jun 8, 2016 - 1:49PM

    Ramadan is the international term for the holy month and its no harm if Pakistanis also use it . Recommend

  • pk
    Jun 8, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Soon he himself will support Sharia for Canada. Recommend

  • MA
    Jun 8, 2016 - 7:29PM

    silly comments above. try to appreciate the fact that this guy is actually putting effort to bring harmony and peace among his society unlike our head of states and religious scholars who spit hatred and expect mercy from their Lord. Recommend

  • Ma Tian De
    Jun 8, 2016 - 7:43PM

    This is quite extraordinary. Instead of demonizing Muslims as racists, xenophobes and Islamophobes do the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, in the true fashion of engagement sets an example to the world how to treat people properly with respect, understanding and love. I am non-partisan when it comes to politics although I did vote for Mr. Trudeau. I am not on the left or on the right. And I don’t have my head in the sand. All Canadians should be proud of our prime minister. Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2016 - 12:15AM

    @Ma Tian De: I as a Proud Muslim Canadian am proud of Justin Trudeau as our PM. With all the hatred for muslims in media and even places of worship of other faiths (esp our indian hindu neighbors) what trudeau is doing is good!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 9, 2016 - 2:50AM

    @push2shove: hardly …Recommend

  • DD
    Jun 9, 2016 - 6:42AM

    I think we all know where the ugly comments are coming from. Ahm, ahm our neighbors to the east trolling. Shouldn’t they focus on making toilets? You know the plumbing and sewer should be underground not above ground on the streets. Recommend

  • Commentator
    Jun 9, 2016 - 6:55AM

    Canada will soon be doomed with this attitude – you don’t have to be extreme respect Muslims as normal humans then giving them extra ordinary importance. This is why they are killing us all throughout the world.Recommend

  • Maya
    Jun 9, 2016 - 9:33PM

    @Commentator:
    Correction..Muslims are being in overwhelming majority killed all over the world.. Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Kashmir etc ti name a few. Please look at the factsRecommend

  • Dale McGonigal
    Jun 10, 2016 - 12:05AM

    Nice of him. Don’t remember any stories about him celebrating Passover with Jew’s Recommend

  • dale
    Jun 10, 2016 - 1:15AM

    Actually according to Amnesty international the most pursecuted religious group are Christians. with Muslims as a close second. The real story is in who is doing the persecution. The majority of Christians persecution come from Muslims, and majority of Muslim persecution come from Muslims. This is due to apostocy laws and the Sunni Shiite [email protected]: Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2016 - 4:42AM

    Justin Trudeau Ramzan Mubarak to youRecommend

  • MA
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:40PM

    Will this teach anything to our Leaders??Recommend

  • joe
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:07AM

    @push2shove:
    Speak for yourself…and perhaps for that bigot who recently lost the London mayoral election.Recommend

  • kit
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:11AM

    @Dale McGonigal:
    I do recall the his Sikh ceremony participation on these pages.Recommend

  • True
    Jul 6, 2016 - 8:07PM

    @Yazeed Hussein:
    Sort out yourself so world starts liking you. Make sincere efforts to value life & development. Rise from conspiracy theories and stop wearing religion on your sleeves. Sincere wishes from a Canadian Indian.Recommend

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