“Today, Muslims in Alberta join those around the world in marking the first day of the Islamic New Year. The Islamic calendar is founded on the year that Prophet Muhammad and his followers journeyed from Mecca to Medina to find freedom to practise their faith. All Muslims observing traditions around this date strengthen the bonds to their faith and community.

“The many Muslims who call Alberta home bless us by giving us the chance to respect and learn from their beliefs and practices. We can all use this time to be proud that, no matter who you pray to, Alberta will accept you and the strengths and values you bring to our province.”

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