Islamic History Month
Thank you, Mister Speaker.
As Islamic History month comes to an end, I have been reflecting on it and indeed on history in general.
My recent meeting with the Ismaili community at the Agha Khan Museum and Islamic Center allowed me to see firsthand the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations throughout history. The celebration I joined with the Dawoodi Bohra community in our area also highlighted the overall human progress this Muslim community has made.
Islamic history is rich and varied – like the histories of all faiths, cultures, and peoples. The brilliance and creativity of all beings create history –at times it is for the common good and at other times it is not. Because as humans, we are both amazing and flawed.
As we write this next chapter of our history and histories, I pray that we all join hands and work for the common good. Let it show that we have learned from the past and evolved. And as Canadians, we must reach out to one another with understanding and acceptance, to ensure that our actions create a chapter that we can all be proud of.