Canadian Minister Kenney issues Statement to Recognize Eid-al-Adha

Minister Jason Kenney

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, www.cic.gc.ca

Ottawa, October 25, 2012 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of  Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement  to recognize Eid-al-Adha:

Today at sundown marks  the beginning of Eid-al-Adha, one of the most important holidays for Muslims  around the world. Also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice or Greater Eid, Eid-al-Adha is one  of two Eids in the Islamic calendar. It follows Eid-al-Fitr,  the Festival  of the Breaking of the Fast, which follows the Month of Ramadan.

Eid-al-Adha marks  the conclusion of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Every year, millions of  Muslims from around the world gather in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.  All able-bodied Muslims who can afford to do so are expected to perform the  pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.

In Canada and around the world, many Muslims who are not performing the  Hajj will attend congregational prayers in the morning. They will celebrate the  following three days by making charitable donations, visiting friends and  family, and enjoying festive meals.  Children look forward to this holiday  because they will often receive gifts.

Eid-al-Adha provides an  opportune time for all Canadians to reflect on the many significant  contributions that the Muslim community has made to Canada.

As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and  Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Islam. I also want  to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes for a happy Eid-al-Adha to all Canadian Muslims.

Eid Mubarak.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis  Pavlich Minister’s  Office Citizenship  and Immigration Canada 613-954-1064

Media  Relations   Communications  Branch Citizenship  and Immigration Canada 613-952-1650 CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

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