Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on Sunday, June 5, 2016 the traditional greeting statement on the occasion of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
“Muslims in Canada and around the world will embark upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection to commemorate the revealing of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad.
“During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours to increase their patience, closeness to God, and generosity towards those less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims invite neighbours and friends to share their evening meal – iftar – recite prayers together, and encourage each other to give to charity.
“Ramadan reminds all of us to show appreciation for the countless blessings we enjoy and to put the needs of others before our own.
“Let us take the time to recognize, and show gratitude for, the invaluable contributions of our Muslim communities that enrich our national fabric each and every day. Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those observing this holy month a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.
In his greetings on Ramadan in 2013, Trudeau suggested that the teachings of Ramadan are… tenets of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Trudeau‘s statement on July 9, 2013 read the following:
“During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Canada and around the world fast and engage in deep spiritual reflection, recommit to a life guided by compassion and charity, and foster spiritual renewal of themselves and their communities.”
“Underlying the teachings of Ramadan are the values of empathy, generosity and discipline – principles upon which Canada is founded. They are tenets of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees those things sacred to you, to me and to all people with whom we share this great land.”
“I am proud to live in a country where people come together, where our common dreams crowd out the fears that would divide us. Canada is so greatly enriched by its diversity of cultures, languages and religions, and by our shared belief in respect, acceptance, understanding and friendship.”
In two separate interviews to CBC during recent months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau firmly maintained that Islam is compatible with Western open and secular democracy:
(November 24, 2015): “Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”
(January 31, 2016): “But on the other hand, we need to make sure that we’re working with communities like the Muslim community for example to demonstrate that Islam is not incompatible with free and open Western societies.”
Ahmed Shehab: Muslims should follow the way of Prophet Mohammad who carried out jihad during Ramadan
Toronto Kuwaiti-born Imam, Ahmed Shehab, a former President of Um-Al-Qurra Islamic School who was a candidate for Mayor of Toronto in 2003, is known as a supporter of the Justin Trudeau. Days after the Liberals’ landslide victory in the federal elections (October 2015) Shehab published two full-page congratulations ads in support of Canada’s new prime minister.
In an article in Mississauga based Al Ayam Arabic bi-weekly newspaper (Issue 8, June 30, 2014, P. 10), Imam Ahmed Shehab emphasized the great importance of month of Ramadan in the life of Prophet Mohammad and urged Muslims to follow the behavior of the last messenger of Allah.
The following are excerpts of the article (originally in Arabic):
“[Title:] With the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, during the month of Ramadan…
“The [Prophet], peace and blessing be upon him, used to carry out the jihad during the [month of] Ramadan and to order his companions to strengthen themselves for encountering their enemy…
“The [Prophet], peace and blessing be upon him, was the greatest of the mujahideen. Fasting did not stop him from taking part in invasions. He took part in six invasions during nine years; all of them occurred during the [month of] Ramadan. He committed formidable deeds during the [month of] Ramadan such as destroying al-Darrar Mosque [built by the hypocrites], smashing the famous statues of the Arabs, meeting with delegations, marrying the mother of the believers Hafsah and conquering Mecca during the [month of] Ramadan.
“The bottom line is that the month of Ramadan was a month of diligence, jihad and sacrifice in the life of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, and not as many Muslims in our time who do not understand this and turn it into month of indulgence, laziness, inactivity and idleness.
“O Allah, help us to follow the tradition of your Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, and bless us with his way of life [Sunnah], and our nation with his [Islamic] Law [Sharia].”