Amid rising Islamophobia and hatred towards Muslims in West, a leader like Justin Trudeau supporting Muslims and making them feel welcome, rather than collectively blaming them for the acts committed by radicalized terrorists is always cherishably pleasing.
‘Eid Mubarak’ socks in ‘Pride Week’
On June 25, Trudeau took part in Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ event whilst wearing rainbow patterned socks that had “Eid Mubarak” printed on them. The internet simply lost it.
His socks, which read “Eid Muabarak” in Arabic and included the crescent (which is regarded as an Islamic symbol,) were made by the Toronto-based Halal Socks, according to The Telegraph.
Trump’s venom and Trudeau’s solidarity with Muslims
In respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions from several Muslim-majority countries, Trudeau responded by saying that Canada welcomes refugees rejected by the U.S.
“To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” he tweeted at the time.
Not only did he welcome verbally, but also walked the talk as his government offered temporary residency to anyone directly affected by the ban.
The best(est) pro-Muslim speeches by any Western head of state
When a white supremacist terrorist attacked a mosque in Quebec, Canada, in the wake of Trump’s “Muslim ban,” Trudeau gave an incredibly powerful speech assuring firm solidarity with Muslims.
“Last night’s horrible crime against the Muslim community was an act of terror committed against Canada, and against all Canadians,” he said in response to the attack.
“We will grieve with you. We will defend you. We will love you. And we will stand with you.”
Trudeau’s visit to the mosque
Last year, a video documenting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to a mosque in Canada emerged, dating back to Ramadan 2013, almost two years before he was elected as PM.
As the leader of the Liberal Party, Trudeau had visited the Jamea Masjid mosque in West Canada donning the traditional Islamic thawb, he was seen delivering a speech that begun with the Muslim greeting “Peace be upon you” and highlights the fact that the values of Ramadan and Canadian principles are one and the same.
Celebration of Islamic holidays
Trudeau’s speeches never fail to impress. Last month, the Canadian PM marked Ramadan with a heartwarming message to Muslims celebrating the holy month.
His message particularly stood out when compared to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Ramadan statement, in which the latter used the opportunity to talk about terrorism. While Trump’s statement mentioned terrorism in almost every sentence, Trudeau sufficed with noting the importance of Ramadan and paying tribute to Muslims’ contributions to Canada.
Muslims’ right to pray at school
When Muslim students were stopped from performing Friday prayers in Canadian schools by some groups, Trudeau denounced the opposition and supported Muslims’ right to pray.
He said: “We, of course, need to continue to work to ensure that everyone understands that respecting their neighbours, that moving beyond mere tolerance, towards acceptance and friendship is the path that Canada needs to continue on”