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UK: Ramadan message from Shadow Foreign Sec

11-08-2010

London:

Ramadan message from Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Miliband:

As-Salaam Alaikum,

The holy month of Ramadhan has arrived. It represents a very significant part of the year for Britain’s two million Muslims – and Muslims around the world – helping to focus on strengthening spirituality and teaching to practice the universal virtues of patience, kindness and charity. These are values that unite Muslims and non Muslims alike.

Ramadhan is a time for contemplation and prayer, because one of the main purposes of Ramadhan is to enable Muslims to consider the lives of those who are less fortunate than themselves and take part in charity work around the world.

This year the message of Ramadhan will have particular resonance as we think of those affected by the devastating floods taking place in Pakistan. I am sure that everyone will be extremely concerned for the people there, and the many who have been displaced. Huge numbers of people are affected – as many as 13 million have had to leave their homes and nearly 1500 are believed to have died.

I would like to pay tribute to the spirit of the Pakistani people and the astonishing resilience they are showing, and I reiterated this message to President Zardari when I spoke to him last week.

Finally I wish the entire Muslim Community a very happy and blessed month of Ramadhan; Ramadhan Mubarak.

David Miliband,MP

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