Canadian children give warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Canadian children voice oldest Islamic song of welcome to Syrian refugees as they arrive to Canada

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Canadian prime minister and volunteers greet Syrian refugees at Pearson International airport

Late Thursday, the first plane of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto, and Canada has been doing everything possible to make them feel completely welcome.

Syrian refugees who arrived in Canada were the first group of 163 of a planned 25,000 refugees. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at the airport to welcome the new arrivals who had come from Beirut. He warmly greeted them and helped distribute warm winter coats to them.

''This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing an extraordinarily difficult situation,'' Trudeau said at the airport. 

A day after the arrival of the refugees, a video of a choir singing one of the oldest welcome songs in the Islamic culture, Tala’ al Badru ‘Alayna, was posted online.

The video shows children singing the song to welcome the Syrian refugees.

In Islamic history, Tala' al Badru 'Alayna was sung to the Prophet Mohammad when he was looking for refuge in their city of Medina. The song has messages of love, welcome and hope.

This gesture has affected many emotionally, with many commenters on social media saying it brought them to tears.

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