Eid Message from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
24 June 2017
As salaamu alaikum – Eid Mubarak.
We’ve been through an extremely difficult time here in London in recent weeks since Ramadan began. From the cowardly London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks, to the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. As a city, we’re still recovering from these events, but I know Londoners will come through both strong and united.
In these difficult times, it’s been truly inspiring to see how communities have come together to support one another. And throughout Ramadan, I’ve joined Londoners from all faiths and backgrounds to break my fast at Iftars across our city. From the first-ever interfaith Iftar at the home of the Head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Nichols, to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.
For me, this is what the holy month is all about – sharing time with others and showing empathy for one another. After the long, long fast of Ramadan, Eid is a time to come together with friends, families and loved ones. And thousands of Londoners will join the capital’s Muslim community at the Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square next Sunday. This huge family celebration will be an opportunity for people from all backgrounds, faiths and communities to celebrate – showing the world that London is open and united. I look forward to seeing you there.
From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!