Eid Al Adha Message from Leader of U.K.s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn*
“On behalf of the Labour Party, I want to send my best wishes to all Muslims in the United Kingdom celebrating ‘Eid al-Adha.
“I know this is a special time for Muslims, and it is an opportunity to celebrate the values of Islam. Values of family, of community and of charity.
“At a time when so many people around the world are facing such hardship, these values seem more important than ever.
“I also want to take this chance to recognise the enormous contributions Muslims across Britain make to our country, to our communities and to our way of life.
“I wish you all a peaceful and happy ‘Eid.
Eid message from Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May, MP:
“To all Muslims in Britain and around the world I wish you a blessed ‘Eid al-Adha. I know this festival means a great deal to communities, a time when families and friends are brought together to pray and feast, and Muslims across different continents are brought together in faith.
“And as you share in that spirit of togetherness, I think proudly of the many ways people in this country connect with each other and enrich our nation’s life.
“I see this in politics where British Muslims are making a real difference, in enterprise and the running of multi-million pound businesses, and in the courage and dedication of those who safeguard our streets and serve in our armed forces.
“I see this in the charity and compassion of our Muslim communities, whose members give so generously to those less fortunate.
“And I also see this in the way people are brought together with those around the world through the strong bonds of shared history, family relationships, and concern for those suffering and in pain. I think particularly of the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq.
“Our more than two billion pound contribution, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis, is helping people caught up in that appalling conflict and I am pleased that we will be continuing to provide support to those in need.
“As Prime Minister, I want to see our communities go from strength to strength. Bringing people together and ensuring that everyone is able to make the most of the opportunities Britain has to offer, no matter what their background, and no matter where they are from, is central to my Government’s mission.
“As I said when I stood on the steps of Downing Street, I want to make this a country that works for everyone.
“I am proud of the contribution British Muslims make to this country, and proud that Britain is home to people from vibrant and diverse backgrounds.
“So to all Muslims, in this country and around the world, I want to say Eid Mubarak. I wish you a happy and peaceful Eid.”
Eid messages from other Political Leaders:
Rt Hon Tim Farron MP, Leader of Liberal Democrats, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
Rt Hon Tim Farron MP, Leader of Liberal Democrats
As more than 2 million Muslims from around the world, including thousands from the U.K. – mark the end of their holy pilgrimage of Hajj in Mecca, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to everyone celebrating ‘Eid al-Adha.
‘Eid al Adha’s themes of reflection, sacrifice and charity seem more and more relevant each year given the global challenges we face. For those suffering oppression across the world, we must continue to work towards peace, safety and security. I have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand Muslim organisations leading the way in this respect, from assisting at refugee camps abroad to assisting flood victims here in my very constituency.
These values of tolerance, compassion and generosity towards one and other are at the heart of Islam and the heart of ‘Eid – and I will stand by you in spreading those values in my party, in Westminster and in my constituency. On behalf of the Liberal Democrats, I would like to extend my good wishes to Muslims at this special time of year.
Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
‘Eid Al Adha is being celebrated by Muslims all around the world – and on behalf of everyone in Scotland, I send my best wishes to our Muslim friends and neighbours. Our Muslim communities make a welcome and valued contribution to our society, culturally, socially and economically, enriching country as a whole.
Our Muslim communities continue to play a pivotal part of our work ensuring a future built on mutual trust, respect and understanding – so I wish everyone a happy and prosperous ‘Eid.
Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales
I would like wish all Muslims in Wales and across the world ‘Eid Mubarak’ as they come together to observe ‘Eid al-Adha. The festival is a time to remember the sacrifice made by the Prophet Ibrahim and an important opportunity to focus on helping those who may be less fortunate and for bringing together communities and families. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Muslim communities of Wales for the sacrifices and enormous contributions they have made and continue to make to every area of our society.
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