From the Office of the Mayor of London

Friday 4th September 2009

Mayor calls for greater understanding of Muslim communities

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, called for greater tolerance and understanding of Islam and Muslim communities during a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre today. He said that harmony and cohesion between all Londoners is vital to the success of the capital.

Boris Johnson said: “London’s diversity and tolerance is the reason for our economic success, international position and cultural vibrancy. Islamic finance is contributing to the economy by changing the way Londoners invest, save, borrow and spend. Muslims are at the heart of every aspect of our society. Muslim police officers, doctors, scientists and teachers are an essential part of the fabric of London. Their contribution is something that all Londoners benefit from.

“Whether it’s in theatre, comedy, sports, music or politics, Muslims are challenging the traditional stereotypes and showing that they are, and want to be, a part of the mainstream community. That’s why I urge people, particularly during Ramadan, to find out more about Islam, increase your understanding and learning, even fast for a day with your Muslim neighbour and break your fast at the local mosque. I would be very surprised if you didn’t find that you share more in common than you thought.”

The Mayor will be supporting Eid celebrations in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 26th September, 1–5pm. Further details can be found at