LONDON, Sept 9 (APP): The British Prime David Cameron in his message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr has complimented the British public for its response to floods in Pakistan.While greeting the Muslim community on the conclusion of holy month of Ramadan and the start of Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, he said the terrible scenes in Pakistan have shocked them all.I am hugely impressed by how we in the UK have responded to this tragedy, with communities up and down the country coming together to mobilise support. As Eid begins we should enjoy this very special time but our thoughts will of course turn to those less fortunate.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague also spoke about the floods in Pakistan in his Eid ul Fitr message.
He said: I’m delighted to send my very best wishes to you and your families in Britain and around the world as you celebrate Eid ul Fitr and the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
“At this time of celebration but also of remembrance we, of course, must have first in our minds the so many people in Pakistan and India whose homes and livelihoods have been stricken by the terrible floods who, of course, we’re trying to help in every way that we can”.
The Labour Party acting leader Harriet Harman in her Eid-ul-Fitr message said Eid is a festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting and prayer, and a time to reflect on the strengths we gain from family, community and charity.
“I know Muslims mark Eid by demonstrating their generosity towards people in need across the world and in the UK, and that these good works continue throughout the year. These are sentiments we can all learn from”.
Farooq Murad, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain, while extending Eid greeting to the UK Muslim community said: We celebrate Eid knowing also that the month of Ramadan was an opportunity to extend our hand of generosity to those less fortunate.
“Millions of pounds were raised to feed the poor around the world, particularly the victims of the Pakistan floods. In this country, Muslim families also brought food to their local parks in Leicester, Manchester and other towns to share with the homeless and hungry of all faiths and backgrounds”.
Muhammad Umar, Chairman, Ramadan Foundation, in his Eid message praised the generosity of the British people for their liberal donations for the flood victims in Pakistan.
Their generosity during these tough economic times is testament to the human connection they have to help those suffering.
He urged people to carry on giving financial assistance to the relief efforts.”Eid ul Fitr will be difficult for the flood victims in Pakistan but with your help they will try to have a fulfilling Eid” – APP