Message by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Eid al-Fitr 2021
Eid Mubarak to everyone here in the UK and around the world who is celebrating today.
I realise that, once again, the end of the holy month is not being marked with quite as much fanfare as would normally be the case, but as I found when I joined a virtual iftar with key workers and volunteers last month, Muslims right across the UK are extraordinarily adept at finding new ways to conduct the kind of age-old rituals that help bring communities together at a time like this.
I spoke to those who have been vaccinating care home residents, delivering food to hospital staff, stitching masks, organising funerals, working in fire and rescue services, and it was truly touching.
I know that the amazing men and women I spoke to are just a handful of the many, many Muslims across the UK who have given so much in the fight against coronavirus. An amazing, wonderful community working so hard not only for your own friends and families, but for each and every one of us here in the UK. And that spirit of selflessness is the key to beating coronavirus. Because we can only come out on top and get back to celebrating and worshiping with our friends and family in person if we all go and get our vaccines as soon as we’re asked. Most adults are now eligible, so just go to nhs.uk and book yourself an appointment.
And while, of course, it saddens me that, for the second year in a row, Eid does not quite look as we would like it to look, I know that if we all keep doing our bit, we all get vaccinated, then we can all look forward to a much happier and, frankly, more normal future.