The holy month of Ramadan begins today, Friday, July 20.
Ramadan is a time for contemplation and generosity and it is also a time for us to be compassionate and thoughtful towards others.
In Tower Hamlets, where we pride ourselves on our inclusiveness and unity in diversity, I know that these are values which are important to us all.
This will be especially true as we welcome visitors from across the world for the Olympics and show our commitment to the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship.
The Olympics will also be a busy time for us in Tower Hamlets but I know that local people are looking forward to the greatest show on earth, which will be taking place on our doostep during this holy month.
To Muslims, people of other faiths, and of none, we wish you Ramadan Mubarak.