Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of Eid al-Adha:
“Today, Muslims in British Columbia and around the world begin to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. This is a special time when families and friends come together to share a meal, give to those in need and reflect on the lessons of sacrifice — as demonstrated by Abraham's commitment to God.
“Never have those reflections been more important than they are now. While our collective efforts have made B.C. a world leader in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, they have come with significant sacrifice. This Eid al-Adha, many are facing the stress of financial hardship or being separated from loved ones. Millions of Muslims who would have been making their pilgrimage to Mecca for the Hajj have had to stay closer to home. This year, local celebrations and prayer services will have fewer faces than before.
“Muslim communities throughout B.C. have had to find new ways to worship, as they did their part to help fight the spread of the virus. In Vancouver, the city’s oldest mosque, Al Masjid Al Jamia, broadcast the call to prayer during Ramadan over loudspeakers for first time in its history. Victoria’s Masjid Al-Iman hosted lectures online for the community. Others offered virtual prayers and online services to connect people to their faith. These examples of sacrifice and resilience have inspired us all.
“As Muslims prepare for the Qurbani, and to share in its bounty with family and those less fortunate, I extend my warm wishes to everyone celebrating. May Eid al-Adha’s sprit of togetherness, generosity and compassion bring good health and happiness — today, and as we move forward. Eid Mubarak.”