Trudeau says Eid al-Adha reminds Canadians their values
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on Monday, September 12, 2016, a statement on Eid al-Adha, the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to Allah’s command, before Allah then intervened sending his angel Jibra’il to inform him that his sacrifice has already been accepted. Islam regards all prophets, including Jesus, as Muslims.
During Eid al-Adha Muslims slaughter animals (goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel) to seek Allah’s pleasure and reward by consuming the meat and sharing it with others. The sacrifice is called Qurbani.
The following is Trudeau’s statement:
“Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world will gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which marks the end of the Hajj [pilgrimage to Mecca].
“Eid al-Adha is an opportunity for prayer, forgiveness, and celebration. Friends and family will gather to attend morning prayers, share a celebratory meal, exchange greetings and gifts, reflect on lessons of sacrifice, and show compassion to those in need.
“It is on days like today that we are reminded of the values that bring all Canadians together – those of peace, empathy, family, and friendship.
“Today also serves as an opportunity for us all to recognize the invaluable contributions of our thriving Muslim community that enrich our national fabric each and every day. No matter our faith, culture, or country, we are reminded that our diversity is Canada’s greatest strength.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to Muslims in Canada and around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha, and congratulate those performing the Hajj this year.
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