Assalam O Alaikum
As we are about to begin the holy month of Ramadan – I would like to send my best wishes to you and your family for this blessed month.
Ramadan is a special time. As we come together every day for the next month to break the fast, our thoughts will be of faith, families and togetherness. It is also a time to remind ourselves of the values Islam teaches of charity, peace, justice and tolerance.
The practices of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and the life he lived were of compassion to others and a concern to wider society. Let the month ahead be an opportunity to re-evaluate our lives to Islamic guidance and strengthen ties with our local communities.
Let us also remember that fasting is one of the best means of building empathy towards those who are less fortunate than ourselves, whether locally with the rise of foodbanks in Wandsworth or further afield such as those in war-torn Syria and other troubled areas around the globe. When it comes to charity, recent independent research confirmed that British Muslims are one of the most generous in the UK, supporting those in need in Britain and across the world. This is something we should to be very proud of and try and maintain.
Ramadan will be a challenge for many of us this year, with the hot weather and long summer days, and the support of friends and family will be more important than ever.
As our community prepares to fast, I would like to take this opportunity to say may your Ramadan be peaceful and blessed.
Sadiq Khan MP