Ottawa, October 3, 2014 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement to recognize Eid al-Adha:
“This weekend, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice.
“This important holiday in Islam takes place during the month of Dhul Hijjah, and is meant to reflect Prophet Abraham’s dedication to God. Each year at around this time, about three million Muslims take part in the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all capable Muslims are expected to perform at least once during their lifetime.
“For many Muslims, Eid-al Adha celebrations will also include attending congregational prayers, making donations to charity, exchanging gifts and sharing festive meals.
“As Minister for Multiculturalism, I wish all Canadian Muslims undertaking the Hajj a safe and happy journey. To everyone celebrating in Canada, I wish you a most joyous Eid al-Adha with friends and family.
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