LONDON: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has asked London’s Muslim community to pray during Ramadan for those affected by the “appalling and cowardly” attack on Manchester Arena.
In a video statement to mark the beginning of Islam’s holy month, Mr Khan wished Muslims in London and elsewhere a “peaceful and blessed” Ramadan, adding that: “This year in particular our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the appalling and cowardly attack in Manchester just a few days ago, and of course to those affected by the Westminster attack in March.”
He said: “As Ramadan gets underway, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my very warmest wishes to Muslims both in London and across the world, as we observe this holy month.
“And I hope that all of those who are fasting during these long summer days will find strength and solace in their daily routine.”
Mr Khan added that charitable donations made during Ramadan as the Muslim community comes together make “a huge difference to the lives of those in need”.
Striking a tone of openness, ended his address with a plea for good interfaith relations.
“Here in London we show that we don’t simply tolerate different faiths, we respect and celebrate them too,” he said, adding: “Our diversity is what makes London the greatest city in the world.”
Wishing viewers “Ramadan Mubarak,” his statement ends with the on-screen text: #LondonIsOpen.