Muslim Aid celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr with a twist at a British afternoon tea in the beautiful Strangers Dining Room of the House of Commons. The event was hosted by Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve MP on 27 June to celebrate the Muslim festival which marks the end of Ramadan and to commend the generosity of the British Muslim community.
The Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, and over 25 cross party Parliamentarians, joined a diverse range of stakeholders including community and interfaith leaders, civil society and targeted media personalities, to celebrate the generous spirit of the Muslim community.
The Secretary of State praised the Muslim communities phenomenal generosity and good-will, which in recent years has donated more than £100 million, as well as of course organising the many ‘open to all’ Street Iftar meals nationwide that have enhanced community relations. The Rt. Hon. James Brokenshire MP highlighted the importance of Muslim Aid’s ‘excellent’ domestic work including its leadership on Grenfell Tragedy Response.
“British Muslims have given so much – we are strengthened by our diversity. Our government is determined to ensure that everyone can succeed regardless of background. Islamaphobia has no place in our country and I will do all I can to challenge all forms of hate crimes. “
The guests enjoyed a delicious cream tea with sandwiches and cakes and listened to a beautiful rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ by singer Michaael Mala.
The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP, who has given steadfast support to the British Muslim community, reflected on Muslim Aid’s inspiring recent street Iftar which he attended. The Iftar was organised in partnership with Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House to mark the community spirit following the tragic terrorist attack in June 2017. Dominic Grieve MP told the audience that 2,000 people gathered from all walks of life, celebrating it as a testimony of the overwhelming positivity and optimism driving our society.
He said: “Today’s reception is a recognition to the outstanding contribution to British society by Muslims and this particular charity Muslim Aid.”
Jehangir Malik OBE, Chief Executive for Muslim Aid said: “We are truly honoured to be here amongst such distinguished personalities from such diverse backgrounds united in our shared values and vision – community, solidarity and a belief that we can truly make a difference.”