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EXCLUSIVE: Eid al-Adha messages from political leaders

26th Jul 2019
EXCLUSIVE: Eid al-Adha messages from political leaders

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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Whether you’re one of Britain’s 3.3 million Muslims, or one of more than a billion people worldwide celebrating Eid al-Adha this week, I want to take this opportunity to say “Eid Mubarak” to you all.

The story of Eid al-Adha is one of sacrifice, about doing your duty and doing what’s right.

And that is something we see daily from Muslims right across the UK – men and women who, in all kinds of different ways, make such a huge contribution to modern British life.

In business, in our public services, in culture and the media, at the highest levels of government and of course in England’s world cup-winning cricket team, British Muslims are helping to make this country the success it is today.

And, particularly during Eid but also all year round, we see extraordinary generosity from individuals in their support for charities that help the less fortunate – really living the values of Eid al-Adha.

So while British Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, I think it’s only right that the rest of us celebrate the contribution of British Muslims.

Eid Mubarak.

Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP
A very happy Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating Eid ul-Adha today here in Britain and across the world.

As pilgrims finish the Hajj, a journey of a lifetime for many, we are reminded about the sacrifices of Abraham in bringing together nations and peoples.

While we all celebrate today with friends, families and our neighbours, let us all think about how we can come together, to work for the common good of each other in our everyday lives.

Let’s make sure that our mutual respect and love for each other is what always prevails, whether we belong to a faith or none. Indeed, in turbulent times throughout history, we can learn, communities that have stuck together have always been more resilient to challenges.

So let us celebrate our diversity, but look at how we can all help each other, and together we can achieve a more peaceful world.

Once again, Eid Mubarak to you all.

 

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Jo Swinson MP
Today we join Muslim communities across the UK and around the world to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

For those who have taken part in Hajj, this is a season of new beginnings and Muslims across the globe will be taking time out to reflect on the significance of their faith in their own individual lives.

Sadly, we are witnessing a horrifying rise in Islamophobia which is often accompanied by exclusionary, right-wing nationalism. Islamophobic tropes are becoming common place and attacks on Muslims have been espoused by the man who has just become our Prime Minister. This is unacceptable. We must confront this poisonous rhetoric which, if left unchecked, will permeate our communities in the most extreme and hateful ways.

As leader of the Liberal Democrats, I will continue to defend our country’s liberal values and will redouble our Party’s efforts to defeat discrimination in all its forms.

As we celebrate Eid, let us let us recognise the enduring and valuable contributions of Muslim communities across the country and let us refuse all attempts to divide our nation.

My warmest wishes to all those celebrating. Eid Mubarak!

 

First Minister of Scotland Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP
My warmest greetings to everyone in Scotland and across the world observing Eid al-Adha.
This special day highlights new beginnings for the pilgrims in Makkah while completing the final stages of their Hajj journey. It’s an important time in the Islamic calendar for friends and families to come together and celebrate Eid al-Adha.

Scotland’s Muslim communities make a huge contribution to our society and we appreciate all that they have to offer. Scotland’s diversity is our strength – our country should be a place where people from all backgrounds and faiths can live and raise their families in peace, follow their religion or belief and achieve their potential.

I wish for the year ahead to bring joy and happiness to you all – Eid Mubarak!

First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford AM
As Muslims across Wales celebrate Eid al-Adha, I would like us to remember the contribution the community makes as an important part of our diverse society.
I wish everyone celebrating in Wales and across the world happiness and peace.

 

Updated 10th and 11th August to include messages from Labour  Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat Leader Jo Swinson

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