BC Prime Minister John Horgan issued this statement in honor of Eid al-Adha and to thank Muslims for practicing COVID-19 health measures:

“Today, we join Muslim communities in British Columbia and around the world to mark the end of the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and celebrate Eid al-Adha.

We have all given so much to help our families, friends and communities get through safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year and a half, Muslims found new ways to worship, celebrate, and stay connected with family throughout the province.

Millions of Muslims returned to stay closer to home this year instead of making their pilgrimage to Mecca for Hajj. At the local level, community leaders helped keep people safe and left the pandemic behind by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.

Our collective efforts and sacrifices are paying off. Now we can start seeing more people and doing more of the things we missed, including coming together to celebrate Eid al-Adha. After so many months apart, families and friends can safely come together to eat, exchange gifts, and give to those in need. It is a fitting and powerful reminder of the power of sacrifice and endurance in times of adversity.

I extend my warm wishes to all who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and preparing for Qurbani. May the values ​​of compassion and generosity that are central to Eid al-Adha continue to guide us in the weeks and months to come. Eid mubarak. “

Translations of this statement are available at Arabica, Farsi, French, Y Urdu.


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