Blog on Ramadan 2014
July 4, 2014
As Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada I’ve been fortunate enough to travel from coast to coast to coast, meeting Canadians and sharing in important celebrations and milestones. On Sunday, June 29, I had the pleasure of sitting down with members of the Muslim community for the first Iftaar (breaking of the fast) at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto.
This was a wonderful chance to share in a meal and talk to members of the community about their faith and the significance of the holy month of Ramadan: a time for fasting, prayer, spiritual reflection, charity, and friendship.
I saw first-hand the spirit of the community by visiting the kitchen and the volunteers who prepare meals daily during this holy month. Having visited several Mosques before, I know that the generosity of the Muslim community extends throughout the year. Whether it is through hot soup kitchens, supporting programs aimed at helping our young people, or raising money for local hospitals, the compassion and generosity of the Muslim community uplifts us all.
I was truly touched by the warm welcome from the families and volunteers I met. It being two days before Canada Day, I couldn’t help but think how this event embodies the character and values that make this country great.
I am proud to live in as diverse and vibrant a country as ours, where our differences are celebrated as the source of our shared strength. Iftaar is a reminder of the importance of ensuring that every Canadian – regardless of background, age, race, or faith – is included in our shared prosperity, and our shared future.
I am thankful for the diversity and religious freedoms which we enjoy in Canada, and I am proud of the accomplishments and contributions made by Canada’s thriving Muslim community.
I wish my Muslim brothers and sisters a blessed Ramadan, and pledge to continue standing up for all Canadians to protect the values that unite us.