29 Jul 2011
On behalf of the Muslim Council of Britain family, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to all for a peaceful and blessed month of Ramadan. For the next month many British Muslims will join others across the world as they fast from dawn to dusk, offer prayers and spend in charity for the poor and needy.
Ramadan is a month of prayer, patience, reflection and generosity – the month in which the Qur’an was revealed as guidance to mankind. The month beautifully links the gift of guidance with the duty of self-discipline and sincere devotion.
Muslims once again may start Ramadan on different days, depending on diverse opinions regarding moon-sighting. Regardless of when this blessed month begins, the MCB hopes that Ramadan will be a unique opportunity to foster unity and brotherhood among our communities across the country.
Ramadan is a wonderful time to become active in reaching out through acts of charity and compassion, sharing and inviting. This is the best way to counter ignorance and hatred, fear and misrepresentation.
During this very special month for charity, we urge Muslims to be extra generous for the millions facing starvation and hunger, particularly in East Africa. Many leading Muslim charities affiliated to MCB are actively raising funds and need our support. And as Ramadan is about neighbourliness, we must also remember those most in need here at home in the UK.
Finally, I hope you take the time to visit our annual Ramadan website at mcb.org.uk/ramadan which offers facts, figures and features on how British Muslims mark this blessed month.