Archbishop of Canterbury Wishes Muslims Happy Ramadan and Condemns ‘Islamophobia’

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Church of England, has tweeted “Happy Ramadan” to Muslims, and released a video condemning “Islamophobia.”

Transcript of the Archbishop’s message

Last November I had the great privilege of going to Abu Dhabi with a delegation of Christians from all around the world to spend time with the Muslim Counsel of Elders, again with Muslims from many different countries in discussion and dialogue about our different faiths. The dialogue was emphatic, often expressing our differences, but doing it in a way that showed we are listening very very carefully and deeply to each other. It was for me a really important few days, and I was profoundly grateful for it.

As we meet both during Ramadan itself, at Iftar meals, and at the end after Eid, we will grow to know each other more deeply, and in doing so, without ever compromising on what we ourselves believe, we can show the world around us that it is possible to differ and yet to support and care for one another very very profoundly. That is particularly important for me, and has been growingly so the last few years when it comes to the unacceptable expression of Islamophobia which is totally against what anyone who professes to their own faith should do.

May God bless you and protect you as you dedicate yourselves to this time of fasting and discipline. I wish you a very good Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem.

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