Celebrating Eid Il-Fitr
Here is my speech from the Eid Il-Fitr celebration at New Peckham Mosque on 17 August:
As-Salaam-Alaikum. I am honoured and humbled to be here today as your Guest of Honour and speak to you all on such a joyous occasion – Eid al-Fitr.
Ramadan has been a month of discipline, sacrifice, intense devotion and reflection. As someone who grew up in a mixed community in India I did not realise that Ramadan is dutifully followed by all Muslims. You should be proud of the fact that nearly 100% of Muslims come together to fast during the month of Ramadan. And many will now go on to Hajj.
It is because of this that I have seen and understood that Ramadan is not only a month of fasting and prayer, but it is a time when families gather, meals are shared and people join together as a community of faith for a shared purpose and common good.
So I am proud to be here today as part of your community. I want others like me to experience your community of faith and culture and be introduced to your heritage as I have, because today I have been reminded that when we support each other, we prosper together, that when we share food together, we get to know each other and that when we integrate our cultures, we become tolerant.
I believe that we are stronger together. Let us build a community where we can fulfil our dreams.