Scotland: PM calls to reflect on positive impact of Muslim communities
Alex Salmond says it is time to reflect on the positive impact the Muslim community has had on Scotland.
The First Minister has paid tribute in a special message released to coincide with Eid.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim festival that comes at the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and will be celebrated in Scotland shortly.
In the message, recorded in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said: "On behalf of the Scottish Government, I am delighted to send my sincere and warmest wishes to Muslims all across the country - everyone who is celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr.
"Now this is a special time for the Muslim community as it marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. During this month of fasting, Muslims remember those who cannot take their next meal for granted, and we reflect on our society's shared obligation to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
"Particularly during Ramadan, Muslims are also encouraged to spend time with their families, be kind to others and give regularly to charity. These are all important values that every Scot should share, irrespective of faith.
Mr Salmond also paid tribute to Scotland's first Muslim MSP, Bashir Ahmed, who died earlier this year, describing him as a "proud Scot and also a proud Muslim."
Source: STV News (English)