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For Immediate Release
January 2, 2007

KLEES: Eid ul-Adha a Significant Worldwide Muslim Festival

(Queen’s Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees, the PC Education and Citizenship & Immigration Critic, today made the following statement on the occasion of the Muslim festival of Eid ul-Adha:

“Eid ul-Adha is celebrated by Muslims around the globe to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God. It also marks the end of the Pilgrimage or Hajj for the millions of Muslims who make the trip to Mecca each year.

“Eid ul-Adha is always observed on the 10th day of the month of Dhul Hijja on the lunar Islamic calendar, but this date changes annually on the Western calendar and this four day festival is being observed now from December 31st 2006 to January 3rd 2007.

“The festival is celebrated by Muslim men, women and children with the prayer of the Salat and the Takbir. This is followed by an animal sacrifice and the meat is then distributed to family, friends and the poor, who are especially visited during this holy time. The regular charitable practices of the Muslim community are especially evident during Eid ul-Adha which is also a concrete affirmation of the Muslim religious ethic.

“On behalf of the Ontario PC Leader John Tory, I would like to extend my warmest best wishes to our entire Muslim Canadian Community during the feast of Eid ul-Adha. Eid Mubarak!”

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For further information:

Please contact:

Frank Klees, MPP
416-325-7316

 

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