Cameron praises contribution of Muslims at Eid event
Prime Minister, David Cameron, praised British Muslims for their “enormous contribution” to the UK at an Eid al-Adha celebration in Downing Street on October 8.
Cameron praised the British Muslims for their hard work “who are absolutely standing up for the values that make this country great, values of enterprise, values of family, values of community, values of hard work. And that is what we’re celebrating tonight.”
Cameron said in the “midst” of Isis “brutality and the awful beheading of British hardworking good, compassionate men like Alan Henning and David Haines,” response of British Muslims who “stood up and stood together and said: ‘These appalling events are not being done in my name,’ made him “incredibly proud”.
He said this Eid demonstrates how close together our religions are. Both the Bible and the Qur’an talks about the sacrifice Abraham (Ibrahim) made. However, Cameron added that, “But what I love with what you have done with the festival of Eid is that you’ve taken it one stage further and said that that lamb should be sacrificed in three ways: for family, for friends and neighbours, and then a third for those that are neediest in our society and in our country.”
Over a hundred guests attended including faith, community and business leaders and members of the British armed forces.
Shadow Justice Secretary, Sadiq Khan, congratulating Muslims on Eid al Adha celebrations at the Labour Party Headquarters in London, said, “The Muslim community makes an enormous contribution to British society, in every area of life, in businesses, charities and public service. That is why it is so important to the Labour Party to celebrate this contribution, especially during Eid.”
The event, which took place on October 6, brought together Muslims from all walks of life and ethnic background.
Khan said Labour Party has more Muslim MPs than “either the Conservatives or Lib Dems put together and we are soon to have a lot more.”
Deputy Leader of Labour Party, Harriet Harman, also praised the contribution of Muslims in various fields and reminded everyone at the Eid event to think of “those people in other parts of the world who cannot celebrate because of great suffering – in Gaza, Syria and Iraq.”
Eid, message of generosity and compassion
Speaking at the Eid al-Adha celebrations at Liberal Democrat event on October 15, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Eid al-Adha “sends such an important message of generosity, compassion, hope, family and of looking out for the more vulnerable and of making sacrifice for others which is important at the best of time but is especially important at a time of heightened fear, violence and conflict.”
More than 100 guests from the Muslim community attended the Eid reception hosted by Leader of Liberal Democrats.
Clegg highlighted the involvement of Muslims in World War One. “One hundred years ago 400,000 Muslims sacrificed themselves in the First World War where people of different faiths, denominations and backgrounds all fought for values that they shared – and we should remember that sacrifice, perhaps most appropriately during Eid al-Adha.”