Eid messages from political leaders

17th Jul 2015

Rt Hon David Cameron, MP, Prime Minister

This Ramadan, we’ve seen the very best of British Muslim values.
We’ve seen unprecedented charity – zakat – with thousands upon thousands of pounds raised for the needy.
We’ve seen community spirit with inventive ways of breaking the fast with people of all faiths and none; from the Scouts’ open-air iftar in Birmingham to the iftar on the Thames in London – from events in synagogues and churches to community centres, homes and even tents.
Many iftars have been held to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide 20 years after 8,000 men and boys were massacred. Britain is home to the largest commemorations outside Bosnia. The Srebrenica Memorial Day initiative was launched by this government and on this anniversary we’ve pledged to continue teaching the lessons of that atrocity, far into the future.
After some of the longest days of the year and some of the hottest days we’ve had for a long time Ramadan this year hasn’t been easy.
But we think about what life is like right now for people across the world for those in Syria and Iraq – families just like ours – suffering at the hands of ISIL and Assad.
We think of all the victims of terrorism during this time; of the families attacked in their homes in Kobane, the worshippers killed as they prayed in Kuwait and the holidaymakers in Tunisia murdered on the beach and I know that mosques across Britain have dedicated Friday sermons to remembering the victims.
This terrorism is not just an assault on those victims. It’s not just an assault on Islam, whose good name it perverts. It’s an assault on us all, on our way of life, and we must defeat it.
So as families and friends come together this Eid to share food and presents, to think of others, to mark the end of Ramadan let’s think about the better Britain and world we must build together.
Once again, let me wish you a happy and peaceful Eid.
Eid Mubarak.

 

Rt Hon Harriet Harman, QC MP, Interim Leader, Labour Party
Over the fast of Ramadan, Muslims in the UK have shown Britain at its best – communities coming together, individuals opening their doors to friends and neighbours, and principles being at the heart of what they do.

Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and respect, and it has been heartening to see that so many members of the Muslim community have denounced the actions of a tiny minority who seek to damage the name of Islam and what it stands for.

As the fasting of Ramadan breaks and Eid al-Fitr dawns, I pay tribute to British Muslims for the contributions they make to our communities, our economy and our way of life, particularly our hardworking Labour MPs and Councillors.

On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish Muslims around the country a joyous Eid al-Fitr.
Eid Mubarak.

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, First Minister of Scotland
Throughout 2015, as we celebrate our year of Food and Drink in Scotland, we are reminded again of the power of sharing food. Sharing a meal can strengthen our relationships with each other, it can give us an insight into a new culture, connect us to new people or help us to heal our divisions.

This Eid al-Fitr, Muslim communities across Scotland will join together to celebrate the end of Ramadan’s month of fasting. Many of the celebrations and feasts will be shared and enjoyed by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. We can be proud of our diversity and unity reflected in these shared festivities.

In Scotland we know that we have vibrant and dynamic Muslim communities who play a valuable role in our society and strengthen our interfaith relations.

So to Scotland’s Muslim communities, I thank you for your on-going work within your communities and I wish you all a very enjoyable Eid.
Eid Mubarak.

Baroness Brinton, President, Liberal Democrat Party
As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, I would like to wish the readers of Muslim News a happy Eid ul Fitr.

Eid is a joyful occasion and a time for family, friends and neighbours to come together and celebrate the common values that unite us in our humanity.

But even during this festive time, the attitude of Muslims to remember those in parts of the world less fortunate than us is exemplary.

Throughout Ramadan, Muslim communities collect and distribute Zakat-ul-fitr so that all Muslims are able to participate in the celebration of Eid. And for that, I commend you.

May the auspicious occasion of Eid bring you peace, prosperity and happiness.
Eid Mubarak.

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, AM. First Minister of Wales
I would like to send my very best wishes to Muslims in Wales and across the world who will be coming together to mark the end of the holy month. Eid demonstrates how the values of charity and compassion can be put into practice, focusing on helping those who may be less fortunate and uniting neighbours, communities and families. It is also a time to reflect on the enormous contribution that the Muslim communities of Wales make to Welsh society each and every day.

I would like to wish all who are celebrating, ‘Eid Mubarak’.

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