UK Prime Minister David Cameron appealed to all, including British Muslims in particular, to reflect on the sufferings of people during the festival of Eid-ul-Adha.
In his message, Cameron said, “Earlier this month I was in Lebanon and Jordan, meeting the people who have fled war and terror in Syria and Iraq.
“There I met Malik, aged 15, who lost his leg to a barrel bomb – just one of the millions of victims maimed, murdered, driven from their homes and separated from their families by the brutality of Assad and ISIL.
“I know British Muslims will be thinking of people like Malik as you come together with loved ones this Eid, to pray, reflect, feast and exchange gifts.
“As the faith group in this country that gives more than any other, I know you will take pride in the fact that Britain is the second-largest contributor to the Syrian refugee crisis.
“Over a billion pounds of British aid – our largest contribution to a humanitarian crisis in history – is helping people like Malik and stopping others from making the perilous attempts at reaching Europe with the malign hand of the traffickers.
“But British Muslims are known for more than their generosity.
“They’re known for rising to the top of their fields, from business to medicine, from sport to politics – including the government I am so proud to lead.
“This is the great British story: a multi-racial, multi-faith democracy built over generations, where people can come with nothing rise as high as their talent allows.
“So as families and friends come together this Eid, let us celebrate those achievements, and let us reflect on those who are suffering during this holy festival.
“I wish you a joyous and peaceful festival.
In his message, the British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:
“I would like to send my best wishes to Muslims across the world who are celebrating Eid al-Adha, marking the end of Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Mecca. We remember all of those killed and injured in the terrible accident at the Grand Mosque and our thoughts are with their families at this time.
“As Muslims gather with their families I wish you a peaceful and joyous Eid al-Adha.