(AhlulBayt News Agency) - British Prime Minister Theresa May in her congratulatory message on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan called it a 'festival of peace' and an opportunity for Muslims all over the world to get closer to each other.
Ramadan as a unique and special time for the Muslims all over the world is an opportunity to become stronger and increase their spirituality by 'renewing their faith in God' through fulfilling one of main pillars of Islam, May said in her message published Friday on the UK government website.
“Ramadan fosters a strong sense of community spirit, reflected in the way mosques open their doors and welcome people of all faiths and none to share in the Iftar meal – something I have experienced in my own constituency of Maidenhead. It is an important chance for people from all walks of life to meet each other, discuss and share experiences with their neighbors, and increase familiarity and foster friendships,” her message read.
Before saying 'Ramadan Kareem' to Muslims and concluding her message, she called Ramadan a 'festival of peace, reflection and religious devotion' that brings people closer together.
The Islamic Center of London announced that Saturday (May 27), 2017 would be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Britain and other European countries.
The number of Muslims residing in Britain is estimated some 2.8 million out of the total population of 61,100,000 who live in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), according to official figures.
Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) estimates that out of the total population of England and Wales (over 56 million), 4.8 percent are Muslims.