Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Ramadan Message from Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron, MP

To all Muslim communities in the United Kingdom and around the world, I send you my warmest wishes at this time of Ramadan.

This is a time for Muslims all over the world to put aside thoughts of themselves, and think of others. The terrible scenes of famine and suffering in the Horn of Africa cry out to all of us. They remind us of our duties and responsibilities to those beyond our shores. The importance of charity at this time is clear and I am proud that many different communities in the United Kingdom continue to come together to support many thousands – indeed millions – in desperate need.

As the holy month of Ramadan begins I wish you all peace and happiness.

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish all Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan.

Ramadan is a time for self-reflection and sharing; of fasting and prayer. At this important time in the Islamic calendar, we are reminded particularly of the value of service of British Muslims, who make valuable contributions to our country. I know that British Muslims will honour this month with acts of charity, service and giving back to their local communities.

Serving our communities and working together in peace for the better of all is something that unites us as a British people, neighbours and friends, Muslim or non-Muslim. It is something that Britain has always valued highly – so that we and our children can continue to live in a country where people look after each other, look out for each other, care for each other and where compassion and responsibility to one another are valued.

During this month of prayer and reflection, I wish Muslims here in Britain and across the globe Ramadan Kareem.

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

Leader of the Opposition and Labour Party

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

I would like to take this opportunity to send my best wishes to you and your families during the holy month of Ramadan...

A time for reflecting on the spirit of human charity.

That seems especially fitting given it is almost exactly a year ago that unprecedented flooding hit Pakistan.

I visited Pakistan and I saw first hand the difference aid and support from the UK was making to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people...

Despite the fact Pakistan is off our television screens, that support needs to continue, and the UK is continuing to work with charities and the affected communities themselves.

In Ramadan’s tradition of quiet contemplation, I’m sure thoughts will also turn to the Arab Spring and the popular uprisings we are witnessing across the Arab world in the name of liberty over oppression.

People from all walks of life are speaking out and risking their lives to win back their basic human rights and our thoughts are with them too.

Ramadan Mubarak.

I would like to send my very best wishes to Muslims across Wales as the holy month of Ramadan begins. This is a very special time for the Muslim communities as families and friends join together in a period of prayer, reflection and contemplation.

The Muslim communities of Wales make a huge contribution to our society. Ramadan teaches the values of patience, charity and compassion - the very same principles that are shared by people right across Wales.

I would like to wish Muslims in Wales and across the world a blessed Ramadan, “Ramadan Kareem”.

First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones, AM

First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Alex Salmond, MSP:

On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland, I would like to wish all Muslim communities in Scotland and beyond, Ramadan Mubarak.

The ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar and this great religious observance in Islam is intended to teach patience, humility, and spirituality. This month of fasting - from sunrise to sunset each day - and spiritual reflection, also places a particular focus on family and charity, reminding Muslims to consider those less fortunate.

It is an example we can all follow. This Government values the positive influence Muslims have on our communities, and the rich tartan tapestry of all of our faiths add to our strength as One Scotland with many cultures.

May your Ramadan bring peace and blessings.

There doesn't seem to be one from Northern Ireland. What, are they all evil islamophobes in Northern Ireland?


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