Premier David Eby has issued the following statement in honour of the month of Ramadan:
“As the sun sets tonight, Muslims throughout British Columbia and around the world will start observing Ramadan.
“This sacred month is a time for spiritual reflection, personal sacrifice and community service.
“Over the coming weeks, family and friends will gather to devote themselves to their faith, fast during the daytime and break the fast at ‘iftar,’ after sunset.
“Generosity and charity are at the heart of Ramadan, with many people giving back to their communities through ‘zakat’ and volunteerism.
“Ramadan is a time to celebrate the significant contributions Muslims make to our province and to renew our collective commitment to condemning Islamophobia. Hate and discrimination have no place in British Columbia.
“I encourage everyone to spend some time getting to know their Muslim neighbours and learning more about their faith and community.
“On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I wish everyone observing this holy month a happy and peaceful Ramadan.