The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing Eid al-Adha:
“Eid-al Adha is held during the month of Dhul Hijja, when Muslims undertake the Hajj – or pilgrimage – to Mecca. It is during the Hajj that Muslims remember and commemorate the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham
“Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, or the Greater Eid, Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s willingness to submit to Allah’s command to sacrifice his son. When he prepared to do it, Allah revealed to Abraham that his ‘sacrifice’ had already been fulfilled, and replaced his son with a lamb.
“Eid al-Adha is marked by special prayers, visits with family and friends, the exchange of greetings and gifts and the sharing of food with those in need.
“For all Canadians, regardless of their backgrounds, Eid al-Adha provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the tremendous contributions that Muslims have made to this country’s rich and diverse heritage.
“As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes for a happy and healthy Eid al-Adha to all Muslims celebrating today and in the days ahead.”
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