Vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi has thanked the British Muslim community for its support throughout the pandemic, saying it has been a “challenging 17-month period.”
Mr Zahawi took to Twitter and in a video sent his good wishes for Eid Al Adha, saying: “The Muslim community have been a true force for our efforts to combat the pandemic of Covid-19.”
He went on to say: “I have seen first-hand the testing and vaccination centres set up in mosques at the very heart of Muslim communities and the support offered to those most at risk of the virus, and of course the efforts to combat this virus by the community.”
The minister said he acknowledged the sacrifices made by many Muslims and that he recognised “those hurting from the loss of their loved ones this Eid Al Adha.”
He concluded the video by saying: “As we move cautiously to living with Covid-19, I am sure that this moment to celebrate with family and community will be more important than ever, and many will look forward to when Hajj can once again be made.”
Mr Zahawi wished all Muslims safe celebrations and Eid Mubarak before ending the video message.