Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement recognizing Muharram, the Islamic New Year:
“Today marks the beginning of a new year for Muslim communities in British Columbia and around the world.
“The holy month of Muharram is a time of spiritual reflection, prayer and mourning for Hazrat Imam Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Mohammed and an important figure who stood for justice and equality.
“Muharram reminds us all of the importance of justice, respect and community. These are the shared values that help all of us persevere through difficult times.
“For all those observing the New Year, have a blessed Muharram.”