David Cameron, Prime Minister
I send my sincere greetings to Muslims in Britain and around the world observing the Holy month of Ramadan. At this important time of year for the Islamic faith, Muslims will sacrifice the day-to-day luxuries that we all take for granted, they will pray for people in need, and they will fast to show devotion to God and to recognise those who go hungry in our world. But it is also a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the true values and traditions of Islam.
Ramadan is a shining example of how humanity can come together in a positive way for a common good, and I pay tribute to all those who take part. And I know that people of all faiths and beliefs will join Muslims in reflecting on the plight of people who are suffering or in need around the world.
As Prime Minister I am proud that the British Government has been able to keep its promise to invest 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on helping the world’s poorest through our international development programme, and I am grateful that we have been able to partner with Muslim and other organisations to help those in need overseas.
To Muslims here at home and overseas I wish you Ramadan Mubarak!
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
As every day during Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for self-disciple and improvement, spend time in prayer and contemplation and come together, united in a spirit of sacrifice, generosity and hope, I know the thoughts of many will turn again to the suffering of the Syrian people.
With thousands of people killed and wounded and millions driven from their homes, the British Government is doing what it can to help alleviate this humanitarian crisis: supplying food packages, medical assistance, clean water supplies and other essential relief items to help those people and families in most urgent need of support.
And we will continue to push, with our allies, for forces on both sides to come together to agree a peaceful end to this conflict.
The values of peace, empathy and charity are an essential part of this holy month of Ramadan, and evident within the invaluable contributions made by British Muslims to support and strengthen local communities across the UK.
And this year, I want to praise our Muslim communities for leading in a show of unity and support following the horrors of Woolwich.
Their committed voice for peace helps to make Britain the tolerant, open and wonderfully diverse country it is today.
Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition
As Muslims across Britain prepare for Ramadan I want to send my best wishes for this special time: of fasting, charity and reflection.
As you focus more intensely on the key principles of your faith and your contribution to the world and how to make it a better place I hope you will reflect particularly on some of the challenges we must face together. Whether abroad – in Syria especially – or closer to home.
The recent rise in Islamophobic attacks and attempts by extreme groups to divide our society are frightening. But like you I am determined that the terrible actions of a few will not divide us and that we will all stand united together against violence and extremism – Christians, Jews, Muslims, those who profess a religion, as well as those who don’t.
British Muslim communities make an enormous contribution to our country in a whole variety of ways from business to philanthropy, from education to medicine, from politics to charity. I know that we can be one nation and it will be stronger because of, and not in spite of, our diversity.
On behalf of the Labour party I wish you a peaceful Ramadan.
Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister of Scotland
It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the people of Scotland to wish Scotland’s Muslim community a blessed Ramadan.
Ramadan is, of course, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, when adult Muslims are required to observe a period of abstention, spiritual reflection and purification during the hours of daylight. Fasting encourages a developing sympathy with and generosity towards the more vulnerable members of our society, whilst the breaking of the fast each evening strengthens community bonds – values which are important to the life of our nation.
May I wish you all a happy and peaceful Ramadan.
Carwyn Jones, The First Minister of Wales
We are proud in Wales to have a rich and diverse culture with people from every faith and of none.
Ramadan is hugely important to Muslims across Wales and the world. The values of Ramadan though are ones that we all share – the importance of charity, compassion and helping others.
I would like to send my best wishes to all those observing Ramadan and wish them peace and happiness at this special time.
Sadiq Khan, Shadow Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor and Shadow Minister for London
I would like to send my warmest wishes to you and your families as the holy month of Ramadan approaches.
This blessed month of Ramadan is a chance to reflect and appreciate the things that are most important in our lives – our faith, families, friends and community, and reminds us of the values Islam teaches – of peace, charity and justice – values which we share with the wider community in Britain and the rest of the world.
The practices of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the life he lived were of compassion to others and a concern to wider society. I hope that following the tragic events over the last month in Woolwich and the subsequent rise in Islamophobic activity, this month will be an opportunity for us to strengthen ties with friends, family and our local community and show that our ties, with people of all religions and none, are stronger than ever.
While we fast and pray and reaffirm our commitment to Allah (SWT), we must also remember to think of others less fortunate than ourselves and remember that Ramadan is also a month of charity and compassion. We must spare a thought for those in war-torn Syria, the Rohingya Muslims who continue to suffer in Burma, as well as non Muslims around the world suffering and those in need in Britain today.
As we fast, pray and give charity to those who need it, we continue to improve our reputation in this country. Alhamdulillah, we are able to practice the true values of Islam, and help create a community based on justice, compassion and above all, peace.
I am fortunate to see the spirit of Ramadan reflected in Tooting all year round, as the Muslim community upholds the valuable principles of Islam and helps to make our country a better place. I am very proud of all the contributions that the Muslim community continues to make.
I wish you all the best for this blessed month, and I hope all those fasting at this time enjoy an enlightening and wholly beneficial Ramadan.