Churches Gather to Wish 'Eid Mubarak' to Muslims
Friday, 09 August 2013
-- Representatives of several of the UK’s largest Christian
denominations today symbolically delivered Eid greetings (marking the
end of the Muslim month of Ramadan) to the entire British Muslim
A “first” of its kind, the handover of the printed and framed “Eid Mubarak” message took place at the London Muslim Centre
in Whitechapel, east London. It was witnessed by the director of the
adjacent East London Mosque, Dilowar Khan and was organised by the Christian Muslim Forum (the UK’s largest network of Christians and Muslims), whose patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Eid greetings read:
Christian churches send greetings of peace and prayers for God’s
blessing on our Muslim neighbours on the occasion of ‘Id ul-Fitr (Eid).
We recognise this as a day of good news and celebration – the fast has
been completed and the feast begins!
We have been encouraged by two key initiatives this Ramadan – The Big Iftar and Channel 4’s Ramadan Season.
These have enabled many people to experience the hospitality of UK
Muslims in mosques around the country as well as raising awareness
positively of the meaning of Ramadan.
representatives of the main Christian traditions in the UK we assure
you of our goodwill towards you, and our commitment to peace and justice
in the society that we share together. Aware of the recent attacks on
mosques and Muslims, we want to stand with you against any
discrimination or violence targeting any community or person because of
their faith. Instead, we want to work for more positive interaction
between Christians and Muslims, demonstrating the love for God and
neighbour to which we are called.
- The Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain (of the Oecumenical Patriarchate)
- The Baptist Union of Great Britain
- The Church of England
- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
- The Church in Wales
- The Council of African and Caribbean Churches
- The Mar Thoma Church
- The Methodist Church
- The Moravian Church in Great Britain
- Quakers in Britain
- The Salvation Army
- The United Reformed Church
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Chair of the East London Mosque and former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: ‘I’m very moved by these greetings from our Christian friends. There is much that we can do together to promote peace.’
Julian Bond, Director of the Christian Muslim Forum, said:
‘This was a great opportunity for the Christian churches to come
together and extend a hand of friendship to our Muslim neighbours in
London and to the whole British Muslim opportunity.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury commented earlier this week in his Eid message about the Christian Muslim Forum’s efforts to encourage deep and long-term relationships.
He said: ‘Christians and Muslims have much "in our world and in our
history that tries to divide us.”’ But he added: "God is greater!"
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- Rt Revd Oluwole Abiola (The Council of African and Caribbean Churches)
- Claire Anderson (Salvation Army)
- Julian Bond (Christian Muslim Forum)
- Ian Bunce (Baptist Union)
- Suzanne Fincham, Divisional Commander (Salvation Army)
- David Henshaw (Quakers)
- Revd Gareth Hill (Methodist Church)
- Deacon Mellito (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain (of the Oecumenical Patriarchate)
- Catriona Robertson (London Boroughs Faiths Network)
- Anne van Staveren (Quakers)
- Zac Varghese (Mar Thoma)
- Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari (East London Mosque and Executive Committee Member, Muslim Council of Britain)
- Dilowar Khan (Director, East London Mosque)
- Salman Farsi (East London Mosque)
- Shaynul Khan (East London Mosque)
The Christian Muslim Forum: is the UK’s largest Christian and Muslim interfaith organisation. Its patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury.