London: British Prime Minister David Cameron has extended his greetings to all Muslim communities for the holy month of Ramadan, in Britain and around the world.
‘It’s the holy month of Ramadan – a time when mosques open their doors, community centers welcome in their neighbours, and even churches and synagogues offer up their spaces as Muslims break their fasts – and people of all faiths and none are often asked to join,” Cameron said in his message.
The British Prime Minister informed that Coventry Cathedral is holding its own multi-faith iftar. “In Manchester, they’re combining an iftar with England’s European Championships appearance. And homeless shelters up and down the country are holding ‘Iftars with the Homeless,” he said.
“Of course, fasting is what comes to mind when we think of Ramadan. It’s a part of the month that really puts Muslims’ faith to the test – especially during these long, warm days. But there is much more to it,” he added.
Cameron said that there is all the energy and money people donate to those who are less fortunate and all the extra time spent in prayer and contemplation during this holy month. “Uppermost in all our minds this Ramadan are those whose lives have been torn apart by the twin evils of Assad and Daesh, all those families spending this holy month in refugee camps mourning loved ones; yearning to go back to school or work; wondering when they’ll return home again,” he said.
“Our thoughts – whatever our backgrounds or beliefs – are with them. And we must continue to support the people of Syria and the region, as we work towards a lasting political solution. Because that’s who we are as a country. We won’t walk on by. So this Ramadan, let’s renew our resolve to help those victims,” he added.
“Let’s continue to come together for iftars and community events. Let’s celebrate the proud, multi-racial, multi-faith democracy we live in. To everyone in Britain and around the world – Ramadan Mubarak,” he further said.
The worshipers thronged mosques last night to offer special night prayer called Traweeh, which will continue throughout the month. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. In Kerala, today is second day of holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan began across Gulf countries yesterday.
The believers observe fast and join mass prayers held at mosques across the state during the period. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam