Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a National Hajj specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of Hajj/Umrah pilgrims, welcomed the initiative taken by the British Prime Minister David Cameron to host Eid Reception at his official residence, No 10 Downing Street, London. A large number of dignitaries from Muslim and other communities were present at this event.
The British Muslim community highly appreciated the comments made by the Prime Minister during his address at this event in which he praised the immense contribution of the Muslim community towards the advancement of the British economy and their role in the public services, and in UK’s cultural life.
While addressing the congregation, he commended the response of the British Muslims towards the activities of ISIL and said that the appalling things which are being done in Iraq and Syria have nothing to do with the great religion of Islam, a religion of peace, and a religion that inspires daily acts of kindness and generosity.
He continued, “I’m not a scholar of any religion but what I love about Eid is it demonstrates how close together our religions are. Because of course we’re thinking of sacrifice, and we’re thinking of compassion. We’re thinking of the moment that Abraham showed his readiness to sacrifice to God because he was prepared to give up his son. But God said, ‘No, you must take a lamb instead.’ This is the same in my Bible as it is in your Quran…And I think that lesson of sacrifice and compassion that I understand at the heart of Eid is so important and something that should bring all our religions and our communities together.”
Khalid Pervez General Secretary of Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), while commending the Prime Minister’s initiative, said, “The hosting of Eid reception at Downing Street and the recognition of the tremendous contributions made by British Muslims is a positive step towards the integration of the multi-cultural and multi-faith British society.”