Statement by Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair on the Islamic New Year

The leader of the New Democratic Party made the following statement on the Islamic New Year:

“The beginning of the new Islamic year is a commemoration of the moment that the prophet Mohammed left mecca with a handful of disciples to escape persecution and to found a pious community in which all citizens would be equal.

“On this 1st day of the sacred month of Muharram, Muslims in Canada and around the world are preparing to observe fast and pray for peace, human solidarity and a better fate for the least fortunate.

“Today, I would like to offer all Canadian Muslims my best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous year.”