Today, the Muslim communities of Canada and in the world mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha
OTTAWA, ON, July 19, 2021 / CNW / – Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, is one of the holiest events on the Muslim calendar, marking the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Charity, sacrifice and community are at the heart of this celebration, observed by Muslims through Canada.
Over the next few days, Muslim communities and families will come together to pray, share meals, exchange good wishes and spread joy by donating to charity and helping those in need.
We recognize that this year has been difficult for Muslim communities across Canada, as we have seen the horrific results of racism and hatred. Our government recognizes that Islamophobia is unacceptable and must be tackled head-on, which is why we will host the National Summit on Islamophobia. This will be an opportunity to bring community members together to discuss challenges, share experiences and ideas and find solutions. The summit reflects our commitment to building a safer and more inclusive country for all, including members of Muslim communities.
In addition to the summit, our government has pledged to fight Islamophobia through actions such as from Canada Anti-racism strategy 2019-2022, the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat, the adoption of motion 103 condemning Islamophobia in Canada, and the declaration of 29 january as a national day of remembrance which also promotes action against Islamophobia.
Private Members’ Motion 103 calls on the government to develop a whole-of-government strategy to address systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia. The government of Canada invested more than $ 23 million support vulnerable communities, including Muslim communities, and strengthen the security infrastructure of places of worship across the country.
As Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and on behalf of the Prime Minister Justin trudeau and the government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to learn more about the diversity of Muslim communities in Canada and demonstrate empathy, understanding and recognition of their important contributions.
We must continue to stand together in the face of hatred and intolerance as we build a more equitable and more consciously inclusive world Canada.
Keep yourself well and safe. Eid Mubarak!
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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