Eid messages from party leaders

23rd Jun 2017
Eid messages from party leaders

Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister

I send my warmest good wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world, who are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.
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I send my warmest good wishes to Muslims here in the United Kingdom, and right around the world, who are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

For more than three million British Muslims, who make a huge and valued contribution to our national life, Eid is a truly special time.

Coming after the prayer and deep reflection of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid is a joyous occasion, to be celebrated with family and friends.

In the UK, we rightly take pride in being an open and diverse multi-ethnic and multi-faith democracy.

Over the last month, many British Muslims have shared with neighbours of all faiths and of none the holy practices of Ramadan – from doing charitable work to help in the local community, to coming together to break fast at the end of the day.

This spirit of fellowship and service lies at the heart of every great faith, and it is something around which we can all unite.

Sadly this month has also seen some dark and tragic events, including the truly appalling attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque.

It was the second terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city this month, and it was every bit as sickening as those which came before it.

Attacks like that seek to drive us apart, and our response to them must be to stand even closer together, united, to affirm that hatred and evil will never succeed.

So in that spirit of unity – and on behalf of the whole British people – let me wish you a happy a peaceful celebration.

Eid Mubarak

 

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Today I send heartfelt wishes to all our Muslim neighbours and friends as they celebrate the end of Ramadan’s month of fasting and spiritual renewal.
Eid marks the end of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar and brings together generous hospitality, and spending time with family and friends.
Values of community and coming together for the common good lie at the heart of Eid – those are values which are universal and which all of us can relate to, in the knowledge that there is much more which unites us, as humanity, than that which divides us.
On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland – Eid Mubarak

Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat Leader
As Ramadan draws to an end, I would like to wish all those celebrating a happy and peaceful Eid.
For those celebrating, Eid will enable many Muslims to reflect on their own personal strength, particularly following the long fasts these summer days bring.
When travelling the country, I am fortunate enough to witness many examples of this strength firsthand. In the last month, I visited mosques which were organising charitable initiatives and promoting inter-faith dialogue.
I visited hospitals and talked to some of the thousands of Muslim doctors and nurses who were providing excellent healthcare despite the increasing pressure our NHS is under.
And I visited many towns and cities where businesses run by Muslims are driving our economy and overcoming the challenges of Brexit.
I, therefore, want to mark this Eid by celebrating the invaluable contribution to this country Muslims make, despite the ongoing challenges.
As you gather with your family and friends, I hope you experience the joy and peace you deserve!
Eid Mubarak

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
As Muslim families come together during this special time, it is important to remember our shared values of generosity, forgiveness and compassion and celebrate the contribution that the Muslim communities of Wales make to our society.
I wish all those who are celebrating a peaceful Eid al-Fitr.

 

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