The Bishops of our diocese have sent the following message of friendship to all Muslim people across our region as they mark the end of Ramadan this weekend.
“To Muslim friends, colleagues and communities on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr 2020
We send our warm greetings on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, particularly this year at the end of a Ramadan observed during lockdown.
We treasure the good relations between the Muslim communities of West Yorkshire and the parishes and chaplaincies of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. During Ramadan we have enjoyed several online Iftars with Muslim friends and colleagues, and with others of different faiths and none.
These have been a wonderful celebration of our diverse communities, and a positive way of raising awareness of the meaning of Ramadan and our shared commitment to the common good.
Eid is a time of celebration and, whilst we recognise that those celebrations will feel very different this year, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate together the contributions of all of our faith communities to our local and national life.
We give thanks particularly for all the ways in which you support the most vulnerable in our communities so generously, including during the current pandemic.
And so we pray that you will know God’s blessings this Eid and assure you of our continued prayers during the year ahead. We wish you and your families Eid Mubarak!”