Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Eid Mubarak!

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and the local Muslim community on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The three-day festival of Eid, marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, has important religious significance as a time of prayer and thankfulness for blessings we have received. It’s an occasion for forgiveness and for giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, as well as a time for families, friends and the wider community to come together in celebration.

So the festival is a reminder that if we want to look at British values – such as the importance of community and generosity – there are plenty of British Muslims ready to show us what those things really mean.

I’ve seen at first hand those values being put into practice whenever I’ve visited local Muslim families. I admire your commitment to the family, your spirit of hard work and your devotion to the community – all of which are values that Conservatives applaud and cherish.

The local Muslim community has contributed a huge amount to all aspects of our society. Lincolnshire thrives on its diversity and applauds the example of the local Muslim community.

I believe we can be proud of Britain’s vibrant, multi-ethnic society, and of our British identity and shared values. There is far more that unites us than divides us. Today those of all faiths and none can learn from the messages of Ramadan and Eid.

Please accept my best wishes, and enjoy the festival.

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