MPP Kaleed Rasheed Statement and Ramadan Greetings 2020Published on April 23, 2020
Assalam-o-Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us and in light of our current challenges, I want to thank every one of you for doing your part to stay safe, stay home, and most importantly pray for hope. I truly believe that by the grace of Allah s.w.t. better days and a return to normalcy are in our future.
For Muslims in Ontario and around the world, we will experience a Ramadan that is quite different from previous years. We will not be able to attend the daily and nightly services at our local mosque. We will not be able to come together with extended family and friends for a traditional Iftar. We will be fasting within the confines and safety of our homes. Let us always remember that while we remain isolated, God is with us, and we are never alone.
My friends, this will not be easy, but I believe in the strength of our community and that we will collectively embrace Ramadan and make this a memorable milestone in our lives. This year, the use of virtual gatherings and chat rooms will play a big part, so let us reach out to those who may not be as comfortable with technology and help them get connected.
Once again, Ramadan will immerse us in our sacred traditions of fasting, prayer and reflection, so let us all take advantage of this unique opportunity to truly connect with the Almighty. This is our challenge and may we all remain steadfast in the virtues of this blessed month.
Please remember to give charitably to those who are in need and make supplications for prosperity and health. Most importantly, pray and give thanks for our dedicated front line healthcare and essential service workers who look after us when we are in need, who deliver food to our table, and water and electricity to our homes. These good people work every day to ensure that we may continue to hope for a better day and we are thankful.
Inshallah, we will prevail through the challenges ahead, and be with our loved ones and dear friends once again soon. I wish all of you a Ramadan Mubarak!
Kaleed Rasheed, MPP
Mississauga East – Cooksville