The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government observes Ramadan at the Hounslow Ismaili Centre
Eric Pickles joins the Hounslow Big Iftar
It’s great to see the Ismaili Community Ensemble perform again, I saw them at a Nawruz gathering a couple of years ago which was another great performance.
Islam arrived in the UK just 20 miles from here, travelling along the River Thames, the most British of landmarks, with sailors of the East India Company. Indian Muslims brought with them not just their goods and trade but the elements of Islamic faith that enrich us to this day.
That link between Islam and Britishness has been there right from the start, and Ramadan is the strongest reminder we have of that.