David Cameron , Prime Minister:
I send my best wishes to Muslims in Britain and around the world celebrating the holy festival of Eid al-Adha.
At this time of year, as is so often the case, we will see Muslims of all ages and backgrounds putting others before themselves, giving to worthy causes and praying for those in need.
I commend Britain s near three million Muslims for their charity, their self-sacrifice and their devotion to God. I believe that our country is a much stronger one because we have people of faith and belief. Britain s Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus; their institutions and their values help give us that strength.
As the year draws to an end we are reminded of the incredible, and continuing contribution made by Britain s Muslim communities. This year I have met with Muslim businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, faith leaders, public servants and hardworking families. They and so many others play a vital role in our country and I m proud to be Prime Minister of a nation where people of all backgrounds and faiths can have a stake in our future while freely practising their beliefs.
With a New Year comes renewed hope for the plight of Muslims and others who are suffering in our world. I am delighted that the British Government has been able to keep its promise to invest 0.7% of our gross national income on helping the world s poorest. I am grateful that we have been able to partner with Muslim and other organisations to help those in need overseas.
I hope you have a joyous and peaceful festival. Eid Mubarak!
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition:
On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to send my best wishes to the readers of The Muslim News celebrating Eid. I would especially like to extend my best wishes to all those who have embarked this year on the holy pilgrimage of Hajj.
Eid-al-Adha is a very special time for Muslims and a time to celebrate the values of Islam. It is a chance to show respect for sacrifice, to demonstrate charity to one another and to join together to reflect and to consider our duties to those around us as well as to ourselves.
On this special day, I would like to pay tribute to British Muslims for the contributions they make to our communities, our economy and our way of life.
I have been talking about the idea of a One Nation Britain – an economy built on all of our successes, a society based on our shared values, a politics that hears your voice, where rich and poor alike accept our responsibilities to each other. You are an important part of this making this vision a reality and making Britain the best it can be.
I wish you all Eid Mubarak.
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
As this year’s Hajj ends and millions of Muslims across the world, and Britain, prepare for Eid al-Adha, I want to wish you all a sincere Eid Mubarak.
This festival is a time for prayer, celebration, and, most importantly, charity. When family and friends gather together and do what they can to help those less fortunate.
The theme of sacrifice and generosity, which defines this festival, works to strengthen the ties between us. It reminds us all – both Muslims and non-Muslims alike – of the obligations we have to each other, especially those who are suffering.
Earlier this month I announced that Britain has committed an extra £100 million to help get essentials such as food, clean water and medicine to those men, women and children forced to flee their homes as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria – bringing the UK’s total commitment to the Syrian humanitarian crisis to half a billion pounds.
Despite the ongoing pressure on the UK’s public finances, the people of Syria need our help, and we stand by them.
Eid al-Adha shows us that, no matter how much we can each contribute, we can all make a difference. And I know that throughout this festival, Muslims across Britain will be helping others – both in their own local communities and around the world – through countless acts of kindness, big and small.
So to them and all of those celebrating over the next few days – Eid Saeed.
Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary
I would like to wish all those celebrating Eid, Eid Mubarak.
As we mark the end of the Hajj and remember the testing of the Prophet Ibrahim (RA), it is important that we take the time to reflect on our own lives, the sacrifices we make, and the duties we have to our families and our communities.
As British Muslims we are blessed with friends and neighbours of all faiths and none who share the common values of charity, respect and concern for those around us. We must continue to work hard with the communities in which we live to share our faith and to build stronger ties. After all, we can achieve more together than we can do alone.
It is also important that at this holy time we do not forget those who are less fortunate in our own communities and around the world. As we spend Eid with loved ones, we should remember to hold in our hearts and minds all those who are less fortunate than ourselves whether they be in Syria, Sri Lanka, Burma, Guantanamo Bay or closer to home.
I wish everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, a happy and peaceful Eid.
Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland
Eid al-Adha is an important celebration for Muslims around the world. This festival provides an opportunity for followers of Islam to gather together with their family and friends to give thanks and to remember the importance of being willing to make sacrifices as an expression of their faith.
On behalf of the Scottish Government, and the people of Scotland I send my very best wishes for a happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha.
Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales
Eid al-Adha is a very important time of year for Muslims in Wales and across the world.
For the millions of followers of the Islamic faith making the journey to Makkah the Hajj is a journey of a life-time and a very special experience.
I would like to send my best wishes to everyone who has performed this holy pilgrimage this year. Eid Mubarak.