Eid Mubarak from the Muslim Council of Britain
10 August 2019
Eid Al Adha marks the culmination of the greatest ten days of the year. As narrated by Ibn Abbas, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” [Bukhari].
This year, as every year, the plains of Arafah, earlier today, will have borne witness to millions of worshippers from all over the world performing Hajj, and making supplications – following in the footsteps of Ibrahim (as). Here in Britain, Muslims have been striving in their own worship in respect of these ten days; giving extra in charity, filling our mosques, or fasting the day of Arafah.
The diversity of colours and cultures on Hajj is mirrored by the no less diverse Muslim communities in the UK. It is this diversity that is our strength as a community, and as a country. A plurality of voices and opinions enriches our lived experience, allowing us to broaden our horizons, and see things from the perspective of others. In these increasingly polarised times, the ability to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes is invaluable to keep the fragile fabric of society in tact. If there is nothing else we take from the days of Hajj, surely this has to be a lesson of paramount importance.
As ever, the MCB has been exceptionally busy recently, launching the Centre for Media Monitoring (CfMM) in Parliament not long before holding our Annual General Meeting in Birmingham. The CfMM seeks to hold the media to high standards of reporting on issues about or pertaining to Muslims. Coinciding with the launch of the Centre itself, we managed to publish our first report into the state of media reporting on Muslims, which has already started to shift the way in which Muslims are portrayed across print and broadcast media.
We also recently held a residential for the 2019 cohort of the Women in Mosques Development Programme, now in its second year. Practically working towards having more women in mosque leadership positions, we are conscious that this is a ground-breaking and much needed project.
We have two major events coming up: our launch of a report into Elderly and End of Life Care on August 28th in London, and another Our Mosques Our Future Conference on October 12th in the Midlands. All this work has been undertaken by a small, yet committed and growing staff – but we have identified so much more that can be done if we had the capacity to do so. If you would like to see us expanding and consolidating our work, please do give generously here.
As we sit down to meals with our loved ones this Eid, in safety and security, I cannot help but reflect on the plight of so many Muslims across the globe. Either in the war-torn regions of Syria, Yemen and Libya, or under increasing oppression by state power in China or Kashmir, this Eid will be met with grief, tragedy and also defiance, by many. We have released statements in relation to the treatment of Muslims in China and Kashmir, and sent a letter to the Chinese Embassy in the UK on the issue. I ask all of you to devote some time this Eid to pray for all those suffering, wherever they are in the world.
As always, thank you for your continued support to the MCB. We wish you a blessed Eid Al Adha with friends, family and loved ones.
Peace and Salaam,
Harun Rashid Khan
Secretary General, MCB