Eid al Adha was celebrated across the Muslim world on September 24. And guess when Cameron invited a small number of carefully selected Muslims and those of other faiths and no faith for his Eid reception? A day before the Eid. On Arafah day when Muslims fast. How can he get it so wrong or did he not know?
Downing Street knew they were holding the reception before the Eid. They justified it by saying Cameron was busy on other days. So why didn’t he hold it a week later or afterwards as has happened in the past?
Bradford MP Naz Shah (Labour) was furious. “By holding an Eid reception on what is effectively ‘Eid Eve’ on the day of Hajj when many Muslims will be fasting and when most people want to be with their families, you have demonstrated how out of touch you really are…You continue in failing to grasp the very basic aspects of Muslim cultural life and your approach is insensitive and is not conducive to promoting dialogue and understanding.”
Would the Prime Minister have held a Christmas reception on the eve of Christmas or on Christmas Day? Of course not.
And to rub salt to the wound, Downing Street only invited non-Muslim ethnic media to report on the Eid reception. Muslim media was excluded.