OTTAWA, Ontario: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has extended greetings to Muslims around the world particularly those living in Canada on Eid-ul-Azha.
In a video statement released on his social media, Trudeau said, “Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha. On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid.”
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 31, 2017
Statement by the Prime Minister on Eid al-Azha
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Eid al-Azha:
“Today, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Azha.
“Eid al-Azha marks the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is a time to reflect on lessons of sacrifice and charity, and to appreciate life’s many blessings.
“To mark this special occasion, Muslims will gather with family and friends to attend morning prayers, share celebratory meals, exchange gifts and greetings, and give to those in need.
“This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Eid al-Azha is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the important contributions the Muslim community has made to build the diverse, strong and inclusive country that we all call home.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Azha.
Around two million Muslims offered Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Makkah, and Masjid an-Nabawi, also called the Prophet’s Mosque, in Saudi Arabia early Friday morning.
The first day of Eid-ul-Azha is being observed by Muslims in several countries today. Thousands gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers earlier. Eid prayers will also be offered across United States and Europe today.