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Eid al-Adha messages from political leaders

16th Jul 2021
Eid al-Adha messages from political leaders

Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader, Labour Party, Sir Ed Davey, MP, Leader, Liberal Democrat Party, Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Eid messages from  the leaders of  the Labour and Liberal Democrats, as well as from the First Minister of Wales and the Mayor of London, exclusively to The Muslim News

Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader, Labour Party

To everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha here in the UK and across the world – Eid Mubarak on behalf of the Labour Party.

As you mark this celebration, you do so at a time of great uncertainty and difficulty. Covid-19 has drastically changed our everyday lives and transformed society. These changes become even more apparent during special occasions such as this where we often remember life before the pandemic.

A time when pilgrims could make the journey to Hajj as planned, when worshipers could pray shoulder to shoulder in the mosque, and when communities could gather together to celebrate this momentous occasion. And, sadly, a time when many of our now lost loved ones were still with us.

Despite the challenges presented by the current pandemic, Muslim communities across the UK have shown immense resilience and cohesiveness through personal and communal sacrifice. I want to thank you for your persistent efforts to grapple with the adverse impact of Covid-19, whether you are fighting on the frontline, volunteering, donating to food banks or complying with social distancing rules.

Islam teaches us about the importance of taking care of one another, working towards a common purpose and striving for justice and equality for all. The remarkable generosity and charitable nature of British Muslims is particularly appreciated.

The principles of Eid al-Adha present us all with an important lesson – a lesson that sacrifice is integral to the continued improvement and welfare of the country. The current pandemic has shown us just how vital this message is. As we come out of lockdown and seek to rebuild our country, there is no doubt that we will come out stronger together.

Eid Mubarak from everyone at the Labour Party.

Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey, MP, Leader, Liberal Democrat Party

I want to send my best wishes to Muslims in the UK and around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha.

It must feel strange to mark yet another holiday with Covid restrictions in place. But it’s clear that the principles of Eid al-Adha — sacrifice, selflessness and caring for others — have been truly personified this past year.

Because despite all of the challenges of the pandemic, I’m amazed at how we’ve pulled together as a country — proving that we are indeed a nation of carers. It’s been particularly inspiring to see the work of so many communities who are making a difference through their faith.

Like British Muslims up and down the country who have supported their communities in incredible ways. Whether working on the frontlines or volunteering to help those in need, there is so much to be proud of.
As we dare to hope that the worst of the pandemic has passed, I sincerely hope we can keep this spirit alive.

So to everyone celebrating Eid, I wish you joy and peace. Eid Mubarak!”

Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

To everyone across Wales and further afield, I want to wish you all Eid Mubarak.

This year, Eid al-Adha will be a chance for Muslims throughout Wales to give thanks for the blessings of Allah, a time to share food, celebrate with family and friends, and give to the poor.

The pandemic continues to have an impact on the way we live our lives. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to meet family and friends in the same way as we used to.

But with the success of our vaccination programme, there is hope for the future, a future where we can celebrate and worship safely, together.

Mosques and other places of worship are open for prayer and services. We ask everyone who gathers to worship, to socially distance and do everything they can to minimise the risk of exposing others to the virus.

The festival will be a chance for Muslims across Wales, the UK and the world to celebrate the values of love, kindness, and solidarity. The pandemic has shown us all the importance of compassion and friendship as we pulled together during these dark times.

I would like to thank all our Muslim communities for everything you have done over the last 16 months to keep your families and friends safe.

The Welsh Government will continue to do everything it can to ensure there is a bright future for all following the pandemic. Our work is founded on the values of community, equality and social justice.

The strong relationship we have with faith communities will support us as we tackle the challenges we face and improve the lives of people across Wales. We wish you all a joyous and peaceful time during the festival celebrations.

Eid Mubarak

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

I’d like to wish a very happy and safe Eid al-Adha to Muslims across London and around the world.

This is a time for celebration, as well as a time to contemplate the importance of self-sacrifice and charity.

During this pandemic, we have all had to make great sacrifices and I have been touched by the humility and compassion that the British Muslim community has shown in caring for and supporting others.

We have witnessed the incredible work of our NHS and key workers, as well as seen friends and neighbours come together to help one another, as our Islamic values of peace, generosity and compassion have shone through.

As we look forward to the months ahead, we must commit to carrying forward this community spirit.

After this period of lockdown, I hope you can safely celebrate this Eid with your loved ones.

From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!

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