By Kutty, Faisal
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs , Vol. X, No. 8
Islam in Canada: First Eid al-Fitr at Parliament Hill
More than 300 persons attended a function at Parliament Hill in Ottawa marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. The event was co-sponsored by the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association (MECA), Al-Shura, the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA), the Islamic Society of Kingston and Human Concern International. Although an Eid al-Adha dinner was held last year, this was the first annual Eid al-Fitr gathering at the Hill.
Members of the House of Commons were invited to attend by Member of Parliament Dan McTeague, who read out on Feb. 12 a Standing Order in the House;
"Mr. Speaker, for Muslims in Canada and throughout the world, last week marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan. A month of fasting in order to gain self-restraint and foster inner strength and fulfillment in God. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with Eid al-Fitr, one of the most joyous occasions in the Muslim calendar. Over one billion Muslims worldwide, including nearly 500,000 in Canada, use Eid al-Fitr to give prayers of thanks, celebrate with friends and family and rejoice in the love of God and Islam. On behalf of this House, I extend our warmest best wishes to Canadians of the Islamic faith on the conclusion of Ramadan and on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr. …