Ramadan Messages from political leaders

26th Apr 2019
Ramadan Messages from political leaders

Exclusive to The Muslim News

 

Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP
I would like to send my warmest wishes to all those observing the holy month of Ramadan: a hugely significant time for Muslims here in Britain and around the world.
Ramadan is a time of sacrifice, devotion and renewed strength.
And it is also a time to witness the strong sense of community spirit which Ramadan fosters, as people of all faiths and none are welcomed to their local mosques to share in the Iftar meal and to renew friendships with neighbours.
The UK has been enriched by Muslims who continue to influence every sphere of society, from politics and education to science and business. Our country is enhanced by our diversity, and I am always reminded at this special time that there is much more that unites us than divides us.
The Christchurch terrorist attack carried out against innocent men and women as they went to worship at their local mosques reminded us all that there are those who choose hatred and fear instead of peace. I stand with Muslims here and all over the world in condemning such horrifying and sickening acts of violence, which have no place in any society.
This Ramadan let us reflect on the universal values it represents: peace, reflection, devotion and charity.
So to Muslims here in Britain and across the world, Ramadan Kareem

 

Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP
As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I would like to wish the entire Muslim community: Ramadan Mubarak.
Ramadan is a month of reflection and devotion, of coming together and giving.
I have seen the spirit of Ramadan come alive every year in the actions of Muslims across Britain, whether it’s mosques opening their doors to shelter the victims of Grenfell, or joint street iftars where Muslims, and those of other faiths and none, come together to share a meal.
These acts of unity embody the values of humanity, compassion and mercy that lie at the heart of your faith.
This Ramadan we particularly remember all those who have suffered the horrors of Islamophobia, including those who so tragically lost their lives in the attacks in Christchurch.
In their memory we recommit to the struggle against racism and hatred, in all its forms.
And that is why I am proud that the Labour party has adopted the definition of Islamophobia backed by Muslim organisations and communities: we must not and will not tolerate Islamophobia.
This month of fasting brings people together, and I sincerely hope that your iftars and gatherings with family, friends and loved ones are filled with love and light.
Ramadan Mubarak and peace be upon you all.

 

First Minister of Scotland. Rt Hon, Nicola Sturgeon, MSP

Ramadan is a period during which Muslims go out of their way to perform acts of kindness and service to others and we will see countless examples of that in Scotland over the month.

But, of course, the generosity of our Muslim community is evident throughout the year. Scotland’s Muslim community makes a hugely positive contribution to every aspect of life in this country. In doing so, Scotland’s Muslims exemplify the fact that our diversity helps make us a stronger, better, and more unified society.

So as we look forward to this very holy month, I want to thank Scotland’s Muslim community for the contribution that you make to our country and I want to wish everyone a very peaceful, rewarding and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak

 

Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader, Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrats join the millions of Muslims in the UK and across the world in welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan. Across the country, British Muslim communities will be taking time aside to engage in acts of charity, prayer and self-reflection.
The contributions of British Muslims to Britain are ever-growing; adding to the richness and diversity of our nation. However, we are witnessing a worldwide resurgence of exclusionary, right-wing nationalism that has led to acts of terror against the Muslim community. We demand better.
The attack in Christchurch earlier this year was a reminder that we must do all we can challenge those who seek to erase or limit religious freedoms. As a party we have adopted the APPG on British Muslim’s definition of Islamophobia: we all have a shared duty to challenge hate and intolerance.
As families and communities come together at this time, we reflect on the values and meaning of Ramadan. I wish everyone a peaceful month ahead.

 

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM
I am immensely proud that people from many different faiths and backgrounds call Wales their home. We continue to build a strong and diverse society, where people of every race, faith and colour are valued for the qualities of their character, actions and deeds. The values of Ramadan are ones that we all share; the importance of patience, empathy and service to others. Ramadan shows us all how these values can be put into practice in everyday life.
To all Muslims in Wales and across the world, a very happy and joyous Ramadan Kareem.

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