PM appreciates community spirit
31st August 2011: Prime Minister David Cameron has extended greetings on Eid; and appreciated the community spirit.
Others extended greetings include Members of Parliament, right from deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Baroness Warsi, Labour MP’s Sadik Khan, Stephen Timms, William Hague and Boris Johnson. They also acknowledged the huge contribution of Muslims made to British society.
Cameron wished the viewers a happy Eid on a UK-based Islamic orientated satellite channel in English language launched way back in 2004.
Cameron appeared stated he wanted to send all Muslim families in the United Kingdom and around the world his best wishes for the very special time of Eid.
He said the ending of the Holy month of Ramadan is a joyous time, as families and friends join together in celebration. This year many will come together to contemplate the appalling scenes witnessed on the streets and how the communities have been affected. Community spirit, however, remains strong in this country.
The Muslims also ended their Ramzan fasts on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and assembled at mosques to offer a special namaz and prayers on the occasion.
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramzan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning ‘festivity’, while ‘Fitr’ means ‘breaking the fast’.
The festival celebrates the conclusion of 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramzan.
The pronouncement of Eid is based upon the sighting of the new moon, but in recent years the United Kingdom has moved towards following the decision of Saudi Arabia.