This week Muslims around the world celebrated the feast of Eid al-Adha. I hope all Muslims in Bristol enjoyed celebrating this festival with family members and friends. In our city we have an extremely vibrant and diverse Muslim community, of which I am very proud.
Earlier this summer I took part in another fantastic celebration hosted by Easton’s Muslim Community, the Grand Iftar. It was a great example of the city coming together, enjoying each other’s company, customs and culture. It was typical of Bristol, a city which has always flourished by embracing different people and ideas.
Sadly, not everyone understands the value of diversity. Many Muslims in the UK are increasingly facing abuse and racism. Islamophobic incidents seem to be increasing, including in our city. To better understand constituents’ experiences I have been writing to mosques and Muslim organisations in my constituency of Bristol West.
If you are a constituent and have experienced or witnessed Islamophobia I would very much like to hear from you. Please also let me know if you have received support from other organisations in dealing with this abuse, and if so, whether you feel your concerns have been properly addressed. In some cases my caseworkers and I may be able to help.
Eid should be a time for celebration. And in the spirit of celebrating Bristol’s diverse cultures, I would like to wish all my Muslim constituents Eid Mubarak!