A Message from Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
Assalamu alaikum, (peace be upon you),
On behalf of our affiliates, volunteers and staff at the Muslim Council of Britain, I would like to wish you all a joyous and blessed Eid.
For the last 30 or so days, Muslims have been fasting for around 19 hours each day. But it wasn’t just our ability to stay away from food and drink for long hours during hot days that makes this month so special. The purpose of Ramadan was to reconnect with Allah by praying, reading His book and being being compassionate. We revitalised our spirituality by doing good works, giving to charity and sharing with our neighbours.
I pray that all our good works and prayers were accepted during this blessed month. And I pray we can keep this renewed spirit throughout the year.
Many of us will have been witnessing distressing news unfolding about innocent children, mothers and families being killed and injured in Palestine. Other parts of the world too has not been spared by tragedy and anguish. Our hearts are with those who have suffered, and we can continue to raise awareness and donate generously to all those affected. As reported before, Muslims are the biggest charity givers, and you can donate to many of MCB’s affiliated charities to provide aid, not only to Palestinians, but the poor across the world – let us not forget them also.
In the past few weeks we have witnessed incredible scenes of solidarity, of people uniting in their thousands, to convey a strong and clear message – ‘end the siege on Gaza’. It is important that we keep that solidarity on all spectrums, within faith, across faiths and no faiths alike.
As this holy month draws to an end, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you all to support our charitable work in seeking the common good, strengthening unity amongst Muslims and celebrating the very best of British Muslim life. Please donate to the Muslim Charitable Foundation by going to www.justgiving.com/MCBCF.
Dr Shuja Shafi