LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May has sent her greetings to all Muslim communities for the holy month of Ramadan in a special message marking the start of the holy month on Wednesday, May 16.
“I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Ramadan: a unique and special time for Muslims in the UK and around the world,” Theresa May wrote on Twitter.
“I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Ramadan: a unique and special time for Muslims in the UK and around the world.” – PM @theresa_may
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 16, 2018
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint, and good deeds.
Similar warm wishes have been sent by UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Muslims in Britain and across the world at the start of Ramadan.
“As Muslims at home and across the world begin the holy month of Ramadan I want to wish you all Ramadan Kareem,” Minister Johnson said in his message published Wednesday on the UK government website.
“Ramadan is a time of self-reflection, but also of being part of something bigger; fasting together, prayer and the gathering of families.
“Ramadan is also about the values of compassion, charity, and selflessness. Values that unite us all.”
The British Foreign Minister praised Muslims efforts in the British community.
“I want to highlight the huge contributions that British Muslims make to all areas of British life,” he wrote in his message.
“At this special time of year, I say to you, your friends and your relatives, Ramadan Mubarak.”
MP Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, also shared a video message, congratulating Muslims on the arrival of the holy fasting month.
“I wish all Muslim people across the UK and around the world Ramadan Mubarak. I hope everyone will come together with members of the Muslim community and join in the festivities,” he said in his message on Twitter.
I wish all Muslim people across the UK and around the world Ramadan Mubarak.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 16, 2018