Eid Messages from political leaders

25th Jul 2014

Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

I want to send my best wishes to Muslims across the country and around the world celebrating Eid.
This Ramadan, British Muslims have shown what Islam is all about.

We’ve seen an inspiring amount of charity with Muslims across the country giving what they can and giving up their own time for those less fortunate.

We’ve seen a commitment to contemplation and Muslims have been putting themselves second as they pray, abstain and fast during the holy month.

Third, we’ve seen a commitment to community and once again this year British Muslims have opened their doors to those of all backgrounds as part of the Big Iftar, breaking bread and breaking down barriers in mosques, in community centres, in parks – even at a synagogue in north London.
It’s been a challenging month – especially during those long summer days.

So it is fantastic to see so many British Muslims – and those of other faiths and none – come together to celebrate at this special time.

Once again, to everyone who is celebrating: Eid Mubarak.

Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of Liberal Democrats

As Ramadan ends, I want to wish Muslims across the UK and around the world a joyful Eid ul Fitr.
I know that, on both a spiritual and physical level, Ramadan will have meant an intense period of worship and devotion as you strive to draw nearer to God. As Allah says in the Qura’n: ‘Oh you who believe, Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may learn God’s consciousness.’

This includes focussing and reflecting on Islamic values such as loving your neighbour and taking care of the poor. And Muslims up and down the country contribute a huge amount to their local communities as imams, local councillors, school Governors, charity trustees and in countless other roles: doing good wherever and in whatever ways you can.

For many of you, that involves choosing to share this blessed month with people of other faiths and none, throwing open your doors to family, friends, colleagues and neighbours and welcoming them at iftar.

This generosity of spirit helps to make Britain a more open society, and on this Eid ul Fitr, I want to thank you for very real difference you’re making.

I hope you enjoy your Eid celebrations.
Eid Mubarak.

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader, Labour Party

On behalf of the Labour Party, I would like to wish all Muslims in Britain and across the world, Eid Mubarak.

I hope that you had a peaceful Ramadan, and that you had the opportunity to spend valuable time with your friends and families. Eid-Ul-Fitr is an occasion for Muslims to celebrate the end of the Holy month, and their renewed closeness to God through reflection, spirituality, and charitable giving.
Muslims play an essential part in modern day British life, and are a core group who enrich our multicultural society.

I respect and admire the contribution that Muslims make to our country. From the vibrant cultures stemming from rich traditions, to the successes of Muslims across all sectors including the economy and in business.

Islam is a religion which prides itself on its values such as commitment to peace, love, and prosperity for all. These are values which as a party we endeavour to embody. I would like to thank British Muslims for the hard work they do in their local communities.

The Labour Party is proud to have enshrined freedom of religion into British law. We will continue to make sure members of all faith communities are able to practice freely, co-operatively and peacefully.

I hope all readers of The Muslims News have a joyous Eid celebration.
Eid Mubarak!

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

Eid Mubarak to the readers of The Muslim News.
As we celebrate the end of what has been a challenging Ramadan, during long summer days, I hope you had a constructive and rewarding month; fasting, praying and giving to charity. I hope Ramadan has also been a time for coming together with your families, neighbours and our communities – to strengthen those ties and to demonstrate your support and love for one another.

I was pleased to be asked to take part in a number of community Iftars, in my constituency, Tooting, and across London. Together, Muslims, those of different faiths, and those who don’t belong to any religion, come together to break our fast. To me, that’s what Ramadan is all about, the bringing together of our community. We have also been able to show the contribution British Muslims make to our economy, business, charity, education and much more.

Eid-Ul-Fitr is a time to celebrate the end of this holy month and the values of Islam; values of peace, tolerance and justice. As we come together to celebrate our faith with family, friends and neighbours over this special period, let us all reflect on the sacrifice we have made during Ramadan and the challenges faced by those less fortunate than ourselves, across the globe. This year, we should remember and pray for those in the Middle East in particular who have had a gruelling Ramadan with no prospect of respite at Eid.

May you, your family, and your communities have a happy and peaceful Eid, Eid Mubarak!

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland

Scotland is currently welcoming people from around the world to enjoy the Commonwealth Games. It’s the greatest cultural and sporting festival that this country has ever seen.

During this great international celebration here in Scotland, I’m delighted to wish all of our Muslim friends – in Scotland, across the commonwealth, and around the world – “Eid Mubarak”.

Eid marks a joyous end to Ramadan’s month of fasting and spiritual renewal. It is a festival characterised by charitable giving; generous hospitality; and spending time with family and friends.
The values demonstrated by Eid – compassion, community and solidarity – are ones which are shared by people of all faiths and none. They are deeply rooted in Scottish society.

And so Eid is an occasion of immense importance to all Muslims. And it’s also a time when everyone in Scotland, can reflect on the contribution the Muslim community – like so many other faith communities – makes to our modern nation.

And so as you celebrate over these three days, I wish all of you, “Eid Mubarak”.

Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, AM, First Minister of Wales

I’d like to send my warmest wishes to Muslims across Wales and the world during this very special time.

This occasion of celebration with family and friends marks the end of the inspiring month of Ramadan. This holy month sends an important message to all about charity, compassion and peace. It is a message from which we can all learn.

I am proud that Wales is a multi-cultural society, enjoying the many experiences and benefits this brings.
Eid Mubarak!

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