On behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a peaceful and blessed Ramadan.
Ramadan provides the much needed opportunity for reflection and renewal of the purpose. We pray that this blessed month and the act of fasting helps us to unite in connecting to the spirit of Islam: truth, justice, compassion and humanity. We hope that Ramadan enables us to reach out to those who misunderstand and those who need our help.
Ramadan once again falls at a challenging time for British Muslims. At home we face the challenge of keeping our unity as a community of communities in the face of conflict in the Muslim world, and an ongoing hostility towards Islam and Muslims in some sections of our media.
Nevertheless, Ramadan is one glorious example where our community shows extraordinary dignity in the worship of Allah, and great feats of generosity with millions of pounds raised for charity. And in recent years many of our affiliated mosques and associations have answered our annual call to open up to fellow Britons and share their Iftar when breaking the fast.
I also hope we use the opportunity to share Iftars between different Muslim communities so that we can get to know one another and renew bonds of unity.
I hope the spirit of Ramadan once again shines through this year and we can demonstrate to fellow Britons the British Muslim community at its best.
Naturally, as a retired doctor, healthcare during Ramadan is also an issue close to my heart. With some 19 hours of each day devoted to fasting, it is important we also be responsible in the way we fast and take care of our bodies.
Helpful tips and fact sheets on Ramadan in Britain can be found on our website: www.mcb.org.uk/ramadan
In this month of renewing ties with Allah, of being grateful for what He has bestowed upon us, may I take this opportunity to ask for your prayers during this blessed month, and wish again Ramadan mubarak to you and your family.