Churches send greetings to Muslims for Eid

By staff writers
August 9, 2013

A range of British Christian denominations will be passing on greetings to the Muslim Community on the feast of 'Id ul-Fitr (Eid) at midday today.

Church leaders will meet at the East London Mosque as part of the continuing work to encourage positive inter faith relations.

The Rev Gareth Hill, Head of Mission and Advocacy for the Methodist Church, will attend the gathering to present the greeting on behalf of his own Church.

“The feast of 'Id ul-Fitr (Eid) is a good opportunity to greet our Muslim neighbours as they mark the end of Ramadan,” he said.

“As Methodist Christians, we are committed to pray for our communities and to assure our Muslim friends of our goodwill and our commitment to peace and justice in the society that we share together,” Mr Hill said.

Representatives attending the East London Mosque have been encouraged to wear blue as part of the Twitter #interfaithfriday initiative. The greeting is supported by the Christian Muslim Forum and has been facilitated by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Churches Together in England.

The message reads as follows: “The Christian churches send greetings of peace and prayers for God's blessing on our Muslim neighbours on the occasion of 'Id ul-Fitr (Eid). We recognise this as a day of good news and celebration - the fast has been completed and the feast begins!

"We have been encouraged by two key initiatives this Ramadan – the 'Big Iftar' and Channel 4's Ramadan Season. These have enabled many people to experience the hospitality of UK Muslims in mosques around the country as well as raising awareness positively of the meaning of Ramadan.

"As representatives of the main Christian traditions in the UK we assure you of our goodwill towards you, and our commitment to peace and justice in the society that we share together. Aware of the recent attacks on mosques and Muslims, we want to stand with you against any discrimination or violence targeting any community or person because of their faith. Instead, we want to work for more positive interaction between Christians and Muslims, demonstrating the love for God and neighbour to which we are called.”

The full list of signatories is: Baptist Union of Great Britain, Church of England, Mar Thoma Church, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Quakers in Britain, Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain (of the Oecumenical Patriarchate), Church in Wales, Church of Scotland, Council of African and Caribbean Churches, Methodist Church in Britain, Moravian Church in Great Britain, the Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church.

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