Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has taken to social media today to wish British Muslims a “loving and peaceful Eid”, as Islamic State targets continue to be bombarded by British and American military planes.
Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, used his scarcely watched YouTube video to say:
“I want to wish Eid Mubarak to all Muslims celebrating Eid and a safe journey to those now on Hajj.
“I know that many of you use this special time to reflect on what’s important to you in your lives: your family, your friends, your beliefs, your commitment to do the best you can for others.
“It’s also a time to think about sacrifice and struggle – and that is particularly poignant this summer as we continue to see so many innocent people – Muslim and non – caught up in the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq.
“It is truly heartbreaking to witness the loss that continues to take place in these parts of the world. More than ever we need to strive for an end to the violence. We need to unite behind peace, tolerance, compassion, generosity towards one and other – the values that are at the heart of Islam and the heart of Eid.”
The video has only been watched 40 times since being uploaded to YouTube nearly 24 hours ago.