STATEMENT - Ramadan Mubarak 2021

Published on April 12, 2021

Assalam-o-Alaikum Brothers & Sisters,

As we begin the holy month of Ramadan, I want to express my gratitude to each of you for doing your part to stay safe, stay home and save lives. It is my firm belief that by the grace of Allah s.w.t. we will get through these difficult times together and come back stronger than ever.

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Once again, Muslims in Ontario and around the world will experience a Ramadan that is taking place under restrictions to protect our health and safety. Many of us will not be able to attend the daily and nightly services at our local mosque or come together with extended family and friends for a traditional Iftar. Throughout the lockdown, we will be fasting within the confines and safety of our homes and among the loved ones of our households. Let us always remember that while we remain isolated, God is with us, and we are never alone.

I know the restrictions are not easy, but I believe in the strength and resilience of our community and that we will find ways to make this year’s Ramadan as meaningful as ever. Let us continue to support one another and reach out to those who may not be as comfortable with technology and help them get connected. 

Ramadan will immerse us in our sacred traditions of fasting, prayer and reflection, and I encourage each of you to utilize this time 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