As we are about to leave the Holy Month of Ramadan, I would like to extend the most delightful of greetings and best wishes to all, on behalf of the Muslim Association of Britain.
Ramadan has been a great month: a month of goodness, charity, righteousness, hope and prosperity. Muslims in the UK have shown even more compassion as they continue to give charity and to do more acts of kindness.
Unfortunately, there is still so much anxiety and trouble in the world today: war, drought, famine, displaced refugees, poverty, etc. Through the month of Ramadan, Muslim charities have provided avenues for Muslims to display their generosity, as they emulate the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who was the most generous in the Month of Ramadan.
And here in the UK, we have witnessed some atrocious crimes of terror in Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park. These crimes perpetrated in the Month of Ramadan were an insult to us as the Muslim Community. These crimes have sought to divide us and to spread fear and to continue the cycle of violence and hatred.
However, the responses to these crimes from British Society has been overwhelming in demonstrating compassionate, solidarity, unity and love; all elements of a caring sharing society. The responses were united in announcing: “We will NOT let terrorists divide us!”
Similar sentiments of charity, kindness and compassion were demonstrated following the tragic fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters who lost their lives in this disaster, and with those who managed to escape, but are left with a mountain to climb as they repair their lives. We wish them all the best, and we stand with them to provide what help and support we can.
I want to thank everyone who expressed their sympathies with the Muslim Community after the Finsbury Park Attack, and the ocean of well wishes which drowned the lonely voices of hatred and racism.
I want to thank and commend the emergency services for doing a great job in keeping us safe, providing security, medical assistance and rescue.
As I would also like to congratulate all the charitable organisations who did not falter in directing their resources to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower.
And finally, I want to thank the British public from all over the country, who rushed to help and offer help for the victims of Grenfell; and to those who flooded the Muslim Welfare House and Finsbury Park Mosque with sentiments of support, love and compassion.
We witnessed heinous acts in Ramadan; but we witnessed even greater acts of kindness and care. And as we come to celebrate Eid, we must continue to try to bring smiles to the faces of as many people as possible, and especially to those who may have lost a loved one or are left without a home.
May Allah accept from us and you.