A goodwill message to mark the end of Ramadan has been sent from our six bishops to Muslim people across our large and diverse diocese and is printed in full below:
To Muslim friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr 2021
We send you our warmest greetings and good wishes as you mark the end of Ramadan and prepare to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
We know that Ramadan is usually a time to gather together with extended family and community to share in iftars. Whilst we are sad that this year, once again, this has not been possible, we have been thankful for the privilege of joining in virtual iftars with Muslim friends and colleagues. These have been a wonderful way to explore shared themes of prayer and fasting, and to share the challenges of celebrating our holy seasons during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We are deeply aware of the devastating impact of the pandemic for so many. May we assure you of our ongoing prayers for all those who have suffered the loss of loved ones, livelihoods and well-being, both here in the UK and around the world.
We are also profoundly saddened by the increasingly desperate situation in Israel/Palestine, and we join with those who are praying for peace, justice and healing.
During these unprecedented times, we greatly appreciate all the ways in which you continue to support the whole community for the common good. We have seen you working together with different faith communities to provide support and help to people affected by the pandemic, by opening bereavement helplines, by telephoning those who are elderly and isolated, and by co-ordinating the provision of meals, medicine and other household items to vulnerable people across our districts.
And so once again, we extend you and your families our heartfelt wishes for a joyful and blessed Eid al-Fitr celebration. Eid Mubarak!