Eid Messages from political leaders

26th Sep 2014

Rt Hon David Cameron, MP, Prime Minister

I want to send my best wishes to Muslims in Britain and around the world observing Eid al-Adha. This festival of sacrifice is a chance for us to come together and to reflect upon those less fortunate, especially those forced to make sacrifices themselves.

I think of all the Muslims who have come to Britain over the years – from the Indian subcontinent to the Balkans, from the Arab world to Africa, from Turkey to Kurdistan, and people from all parts of Asia – sacrificing so many things to build up Britain’s businesses, run our public services and strengthen our society. Their children and grandchildren – British Muslims in our country today – help to make Britain the success story it is today.

As we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, I think particularly of the sacrifices hundreds of thousands of Muslims made to fight alongside the Allies. The freedom for which they fought – for which so many gave their lives – is the freedom we all enjoy today.

Above all, I think of all those around the world being forced to sacrifice everything in order just to stay alive. The displaced in Iraq, the beleaguered in Syria, the wounded in Gaza, the exposed in Eastern Europe – these people are giving up all they have to protect their families.

People here in Britain are giving what they can to help those in need – especially British Muslims, who are the most giving faith community in this country. This Eid, we will be thinking of those at the mercy of these conflicts and come together to pray for peace.

So once again, wherever you are spending Eid, let me wish you and your family my very best wishes. Eid Mubarak.

Rt Hon Nick Clegg, MP, Deputy Prime Minister

I want to wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslims celebrating Eid and a safe journey to those now on Hajj.
I know that many of you use this special time to reflect on what’s important to you in your lives: your family, your friends, your beliefs, your commitment to do the best you can for others.

It’s also a time to think about sacrifice and struggle – and that is particularly poignant this year as we continue to see so many innocent people – Muslim and non Muslim – caught up in the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq.

It is truly heartbreaking to witness the loss that continues to take place in these parts of the world. More than ever we need to strive for an end to the violence. We need to unite behind peace, tolerance, compassion, generosity towards one and other – the values that are at the heart of Islam and the heart of Eid.

Today I want to reaffirm my commitment to those values, my party’s commitment to those values, and I want to wish you all a loving and peaceful Eid.

Rt Hon Ed Miliband, MP, Leader, Labour Party

I would like to send my best wishes to the readers of The Muslim News, for a happy and healthy Eid-Al-Adha.

For British Muslims who are fortunate enough to participate in the annual Hajj to Mecca, which I know is a pillar of Islam, I hope that they will have an enlightening, peaceful and holy experience.
During this holy time, Muslims across Britain are committed to deep reflection and prayer. It is a time to commemorate the readiness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. This Eid-Al-Adha, Muslims will be making their own sacrifices to God and taking the opportunity to partake in charity work.

The Contributions that British Muslims make to our country, from our businesses to our economy are invaluable. The values of charity and looking after our most vulnerable in society are values that are shared by the Labour Party.

On behalf of the Labour Party, I would like to wish you once again a happy Eid.
Eid Mubarak!

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, MP, Shadow Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Shadow Minister of London

I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all the readers of The Muslim News. As we mark the end of the Hajj and remember the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim (RA), we are reminded of the important role our faith plays in motivating our community to serve and stand with those in need
As we celebrate Eid al-Adha, we must also take the time to reflect on our own lives, the sacrifices we make, and the duties we have to our families and our communities. This is also a chance to recognise the enormous contribution of the Muslim community right across our country, in every area of life, in businesses, charities and public service.

It is also important that at this holy time we do not forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves, both in our own communities and around the world. As we celebrate Eid with our loved ones, we should think, pray and give charity to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, such as those suffering in Gaza, Iraq and Syria and those who have lost loved ones as a result of the floods in Kashmir or disease in Sierra Leone.

I wish everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, a happy and peaceful Eid.

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, AM First Minister of Wales

Eid al-Adha is a very important time of year for Muslims in Wales and across the world. This festival is a time for prayer and to celebrate the values of Islam – a chance to join family and friends to reflect and give thanks. I would like to send my best wishes to everyone who has made the holy pilgrimage to Makkah this year.
i wish you all a happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha.”

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