Video Message by Jeremy Corbyn on Ramadan 2019
As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I want to wish the entire Muslim community Ramadan Mubarak.
Ramadan is a month of reflection and devotion, of coming together and of giving. I’ve seen the spirit of Ramadan come alive every year in the actions of Muslims across Britain. I’ve seen it in mosques opening their doors to shelter the victims of the Grenfell fire, in supporting homeless people and in joint street Iftars where Muslims and those of other faiths and of none come together to share a meal.
This Ramadan, we particularly remember all those who’ve suffered the horrors of Islamophobia. The horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand killed 50 people. In Britain, there’s been a shocking rise of Islamophobia attacks. We’ve seen mosques vandalized and Muslims assaulted on our streets. And it was only two years ago that Macra Mali was senselessly murdered here in my own constituency outside this mosque, after he’d been oppressed during Ramadan.
But in the aftermath of these terrorist attacks, we saw real leadership – leadership from the community. People of all faiths and none came together to say – any attack on any faith is an attack on all of us and we will not be divided. They showed we’re stronger when we come together in unity against the hatred which seeks to divide.
And this month of fasting brings people together. And I sincerely hope that your Iftars and gatherings with family, friends and loved ones are filled with love and light.