Eid messages from political leaders – 2020

22nd May 2020
Eid messages from political leaders – 2020

Eid messages from the Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, First Ministers of Scotland and Wales as well as the Mayor of London.

 

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister

As Ramadan comes to a close; I want to say two things to all our Muslim friends and neighbours, here in the UK and around the world. A heartfelt “Eid Mubarak”, of course. But also a very big “thank you.”

Because over these difficult past few weeks Britain’s Muslims have gone above and beyond in doing their bit to keep this country going. For many that has been achieved by staying at home, saving lives by sacrificing time with your loved ones even when I know you ached to be at the mosque or breaking your fast with friends and family.

Across the country, we’ve also seen countless Muslims stepping up to help take care of their local communities, or hard at work in vital sectors from schools to transport to retail. Rarely has the Islamic commandment to provide charity to those in need been better displayed.

And of course, there are the many heroes of Muslim faith serving on the frontline as part of our fantastic National Health Service. Brave men and women who, in the best traditions of Islam, are selflessly giving of themselves to help those in need – with some, including the remarkable young hospital housekeeper, turned newly qualified nurse Areema Nasreen, tragically losing their lives as a result. It has been a holy month quite unlike any this country – or the worldwide Ummah – has ever known.

But if we keep going, if we stay alert even as restrictions begin to ease, we will control this virus and we will save lives.

And as that happens I am sure we will all see, once again, the incredible contribution that Muslims make to life in this country – something that, even in these challenging times, is always something we should celebrate.

 

Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader, Labour Party

To everyone celebrating Eid-al Fitr here in the UK – Eid Mubarak on behalf of the Labour Party.

I know this Ramadan has been especially tough for Muslim communities. Families have not been able to see each other; people unable to break fast together or even go to the mosque for prayers. Yet, I have witnessed incredible resilience. Muslim communities and charities coming together to deliver iftar meals to our frontline NHS staff and doctors.

People providing to foodbanks to help the vulnerable and significant donations to many charitable causes. I had the pleasure of joining a ‘Virtual Iftar’ with Labour MPs and the Muslim community, and it was heartening to hear how we’ve all stood together at a time of crisis.

And, I know Eid is one of those joyous occasions where communities all come together to celebrate. Still, as ever, our number one priority remains to keep all of our loved ones and communities safe. As the stark figures show, Covid-19 has disproportionately affected BAME communities, and we will work together to address these issues of health inequality and social injustices.

To these ends, I have entrusted Baroness Doreen Lawrence to lead a review into the impact of Coronavirus on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

I want to personally thank everyone that is continuing to help keep us safe, and there is no doubt we will come out stronger together when this crisis ends.
I wish you all a pleasant and enjoyable Eid.

Eid Mubarak.

 

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister of Scotland

I am sending my warmest wishes to all Muslim communities in Scotland, and around the world, this Eid al-Fitr.

I know that this year’s Ramadan has been incredibly difficult for Muslim communities and Eid al-Fitr, traditionally a celebration which brings people together, will be no exception.

I want to thank Scotland’s Muslim communities for following the guidance to protect our NHS and save lives. I am sure that you will continue to do so, and thereby help keep your families, communities and Scotland safe during your celebrations.

Thank you for the huge contribution you all make to our society, which is particularly valued during these challenging times.

I wish you a happy, peaceful and safe Eid. Eid Mubarak.

 

Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP, Acting Leader, Liberal Democrats

I would like to send warm wishes to Muslims at home in the UK and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

I’m sure that this Ramadan must have felt unusual and I know that observing a socially distanced Eid will not be easy either.

This year, I joined MPs and party members in fasting for one day of Ramadan and this culminated in a Liberal Democrats Iftar – the first for our party. The fast was challenging at times, but I’m so proud that we were able to do this one small act as a symbol of our solidarity with British Muslims at this time.

I want to thank the doctors and nurses who have sacrificed their lives in the battle against Covid-19. We will always remember them, and we must never forget that many of them were British Muslims.

A thorough investigation into why BAME communities have been disproportionately impacted by this virus is needed now more than ever.

Of course, Eid is known as “the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast”, and it’s usually a time to come together with loved ones to enjoy festive meals and share gifts but instead, during these challenging times, people will remain isolated in their homes, going out only for essential food and brief periods of exercise.

Though this will be tough, I’m sure that the sacrifices we all make now will reduce the impact of this virus.

So to everyone celebrating Eid, I wish you joy and peace.

Eid Mubarak!

 

Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM, First Minister of Wales

I would like to send my very best wishes to Muslims throughout Wales and across the world who are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The resilience and creativity of our Muslim communities in Wales have filled me with hope.

The key Islamic values of charity and compassion during Ramadan have never faltered through this difficult time we are all facing. Many of you have focussed on helping those who may be less fortunate, and have united neighbours, communities and families using new technologies.

I know that this year Ramadan has been a very different from other years but, this Eid, I will reflect, and I hope you will, on the enormous contribution the Muslim communities of Wales make to Welsh society each and every day.

To all who are celebrating, ‘Eid Mubarak’.

 

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

I’d like to send my warmest wishes to Muslims in London and around the world as we celebrate Eid.

This Ramadan has been unlike any other – with mosques left empty and all of us unable to break our fasts with family or friends beyond our households as many usually would.

But as these long summer fasts draw to a close, rather than celebrating Eid in Trafalgar Square, uniting in mosques across our city or embracing our family and friends as we normally would, we must all continue to play our part by keeping our social distance.

I’m proud of everyone for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make during this time. I want to particularly pay tribute to those who have been observing Ramadan while working on the front line.

Their fasts have been incredibly tough as they have worked around the clock in incredibly demanding circumstances to help us all.

It has required commitment and creativity from the whole community to be together but physically apart, and like many Muslims, I have enjoyed taking part in virtual iftars and connecting with others through online gatherings and prayer. I am sure that this spirit of togetherness will last beyond Ramadan.

Although this has been a challenging time for all of us, I’ve been inspired by communities coming together to support not just their family and loved ones but to offer kindness to those who need it the most. We have seen the very best of our city with extraordinary acts of charity and empathy proving that our sense of community will never be confined by walls.

It is disappointing that we cannot join together with communities from every faith, background and walk of life to celebrate Eid in Trafalgar Square this year, but it was the right decision to cancel to protect the National Health Service and help save lives.

I look forward to the time that we can gather together again.

From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak.

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