It was an honour to join my Bangladeshi community this morning as they gathered at Mascot Public School for morning prayers as the festival of Eid al-Fitr began. Muslims throughout the world celebrate this important religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Islam is the main religion of Bangladesh, which is a secular country, but Islam constitutes more than 90% of the Bangladeshi population. Bangladesh is the fourth largest Muslim country is the world, which the United Nations describes as a moderate Muslim democratic country. The Bangladeshi community is a warm and friendly community. Matt Thistlethwaite MP and Michael Daley MP and I were delighted to able to join our friends on such a significant occasion.