Ottawa (Ontario) – The Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and the Official Opposition, released the following statement on the start of Ramadan:
“As the sun sets tonight, Muslims in Canada and around the world will be gathering with friends and family to mark the beginning of Ramadan.
“From the time of Suhoor until Iftar, Muslims fast and abstain from all food and water. For the over a million Canadian Muslims, this holy month is a time of deep spiritual reflection and growth as they make significant adjustments to their daily rhythms and routines out of submission and faithfulness to God.
“Even as they persevere through the physical and mental challenges that come with fasting, they pursue acts of charity and compassion for those suffering and exercise habits of restraint and self-sacrifice in obedience to the instructions found in the Quran. Many worshipers attend special prayer services and commit themselves to deepening their faith.
“These acts of obedience, born out of overflowing gratitude of God’s goodness, exemplify the profound nature of Ramadan. They exemplify the values of peace and selflessness that are central to Islam and amplify the message of God’s love for all people.
“Of course, Ramadan is also a time to celebrate the many gifts God has blessed us with. Throughout the month, families and friends will come together with joyful hearts as they break their fast with the nightly Iftar and take comfort in times of spiritual fellowship.
“To Muslims here in Canada and around the world, as you observe Ramadan this year, please accept my best wishes. May your celebrations be filled with joy and peace as you worship together.