British PM Wishes Muslims `Eid Mubarak

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron sent his greetings to all Muslim communities for `Eid Al-Fitr, in Britain and around the world, in a special video message marking the end of the holy month on Tuesday, July 5.

“I want to send my very best wishes to Muslims at home and around the world celebrating `Eid. `Eid Mubarak,” Cameron said in his video message published on YouTube.

Cameron praised Muslims’ integration and success in the British society.

“I look at the things people are doing in Britain for the occasion – putting on special brunches for the lonely, giving presents out at children’s hospitals, holding street parties that will bring communities together and I see the very best of British values – of unity, of tolerance, of thinking of others before ourselves,” he said.

“We need those values more than ever before, because we live in troubling times.”

`Eid Al-Fitr is one the two main Islamic religious festivals along with `Eid Al-Adha.

After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.

And while traditionally everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).

the British PM lamented the rise of terror attacks that targeting several cities during the holy month of Ramadan, highlighting the increase in hate crimes across the UK as well.

“This last month alone, we’ve seen hatred take hold; from an airport in Istanbul, to a nightclub in Orlando, to a café in Dhaka and this week’s horrendous attack in Baghdad,” he said.

“And we’ve seen it closer to home, too. Too many victims have suffered abuse and intolerance on our streets and one woman – an inspirational MP, Jo Cox – lost her life as she served her constituents.”

Finally, he urged British people to celebrate their diversity and common values they share.

“As we come together this `Eid – friends, families, neighbors, colleagues – I want us to restate our commitment to the values we share, to all the things that make Britain the most successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy on earth,” Cameron said.

“So once again, let me wish you all the best – `Eid Mubarak.”

Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.8 million.

In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.

Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.