I want to send my warmest greetings to residents across the borough, of all faiths and none, on this special occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
For Muslims, Eid is a joyous occasion of celebration. It marks the end of a long month of fasting, and follows the first sighting of the new moon. I know that there are plenty of festivities going on in Tower Hamlets today, and I wish everyone the very best in enjoying this special day.
Eid is also a time for forgiveness, and making amends. These are virtues universal to all of us and I hope we can all take some time to reflect on them, and their relevance to our lives.
Here in Tower Hamlets, there can be no better time to recognise that our shared values transcend all racial, cultural and faith boundaries, and are a reminder that we are one community, one Tower Hamlets: it is the responsibility of all us as neighbours to look after each other.
A very happy Eid Mubarak to all!