Thursday, September 04, 2008

Gordon Brown sends his best wishes for Ramadan to Muslims... Kuwait?

The Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) has published the Ramadan greetings sent to the Muslims of Kuwait by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It says:

"Ramadan teaches patience and humility, and reminds us of our shared moral universe; our obligation to others," Brown said in a message to mark the beginning of the holy month.

"The message of empathy for the less fortunate is reflected in Ramadan by the daily fast. And Ramadan's message of compassion and social justice spreads beyond Muslim communities; it speaks of shared values that unite us all." He noted that "the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad emphasises the duty of care we owe one another. So during this special month, let us also celebrate the diversity that contributes to Britain's strength." Paying warm tributes to British Muslims, Brown said they "make a huge contribution to Britain's success - to our prosperity, our society and our culture. And of course, Ramadan is an opportune time to consider the contribution of Islam not just to Britain, but to the world: Islamic art, science, and philosophy have enriched our lives over many centuries." Ramadan is also a time to recall the Prophet's message that "the best richness is the richness of the soul." "This speaks to me, as it speaks to so many others." The Prime Minister said he looks forward to continuing positive engagement with British Muslim communities across the UK.

Cranmer is puzzled.

He can find nothing on the No10 website of a greeting to British Muslims. Why not? They are British citizens and taxpayers, and he is their prime minister. Are they less worthy? Or is it only the Muslim terrorists and criminals who are worthy of special treatment at this holy time courtesy of the taxpayer?

But neither can Cranmer find record of any Ramadan greeting to any Commonwealth nation. Moreover, such a greeting has traditionally been reserved for the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Gordon Brown quite appropriately followed Tony Blair’s precedent last year.

So why now mark the beginning of Ramadan as well? And why on earth in Kuwait? And why are British taxpayers forking out for this? Surely Gordon Brown’s greeting for this most holy month is not sullied by any possible link with oil, is it?

Does he send Christmas or Easter greetings to the Christians in Kuwait? Or those poor persecuted believers in Iraq? Or Israel? Or Egypt? Or Iran? Or China? Or (let us not forget) the Christians in the UK?

It might cheer them up a little... you know, persuade them the world has not abandoned them.

If the Prime Minister now sends Muslims a greeting to mark the onset of Ramadan and also one to celebrate the end, then surely he must issue Christians with a greeting at the commencement of their most holy week, and also one to mark the end on the glorious day of resurrection.

Or is Cranmer missing something?


Blogger haddock said...

Your Grace,
Worry not,Cranmer misses nothing,
that is why we come here.

4 September 2008 at 08:44  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

...And why Kuwait? Is Brown not concerned for Muslims elsewhere in the world? Perhaps he does not understand that there are other Muslim countries and enclaves - some of them fairly close to home as you have indicated. Surely this is nothing to do with Oil?

4 September 2008 at 09:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The no. 10 website does include video greetings to British Muslims from the PM using much the same wording as the one quoted.

4 September 2008 at 11:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the snot gobbler is doing the groundwork for hitting the Kuwaitis for a loan?

4 September 2008 at 13:18  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

By Philip Jacobson in Kuwait
Last Updated: 3:56PM BST 19 Jun 2001

LADY THATCHER marked the 10th anniversary of the liberation of Kuwait yesterday by saying allied forces should have pressed on into Iraq to crush Saddam Hussein for good.

Margaret Thatcher and Kuwaiti Minister of the Royal Court Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Sabah at a British embassy garden party in Kuwait City)

Call yourselves True Blue you ought to be ashamed for forgeting what is so important about Kuwait.

We had a war over the damned place, come come now.

4 September 2008 at 14:40  
OpenID sioe said...

Maybe Brown is of the same opinion as SIOE. Sharia law should be for small Muslim countries, if it has to exist at all.

Please come to the SIOE "No Sharia Here!" demo outside Lambeth Palace on 11th Sept at 18.00 - 20.00

It is not only Labour that has gone looney over sharia. Our clergy and judiciary are howling at the crescent moon too.

4 September 2008 at 15:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i dont think your grace is missing somthing unless he is a man city fan ??

4 September 2008 at 16:40  
Blogger Arthur said...

Please can we not have Brown's grinning mug greeting us with good cheer at Easter. I like to keep my chocolate eggs down once eaten

4 September 2008 at 19:28  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

So why then, Your Grace? I presume you have your theories...

4 September 2008 at 21:56  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Miss Snuffy,

Indeed, indeed. Quite so, quite so. His Grace does indeed have his theories.

4 September 2008 at 22:16  
Anonymous Yaffle said...

it's all here, straight from Brown's strangely slack mouth

5 September 2008 at 15:19  
Anonymous len said...

money makes the world go around,the world go around, the world go around, etc, etc.

5 September 2008 at 17:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has any prime minister publicly wished any other faiths including his own?

Jains around the world are at present in their most notable holy period of fasting which is even stricter than any other faiths I know off. I am just saying for his information.

He is a weakling - a fodder for conversion to Islam.

23 August 2009 at 00:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is practicing perhaps ... for conversion to Islam hence the wishes to his future brothers.

23 August 2009 at 00:41  

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