London Mayor Boris Johnson today encouraged people to undergo a day of fasting to help understand their 'Muslim neighbour'.
He said Muslims in the capital were 'challenging traditional stereotypes' to show they wanted to be part of the mainstream during a visit to the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre.
Mr Johnson's visit coincided with the holy period of Ramadan in which participating Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.
'I would be very surprised if you didn't find that you share more in common than you thought.'
He added: 'Muslims are at the heart of every aspect of society. Their contribution is something that all Londoners benefit from.
'Muslim police officers, doctors, scientists and teachers are an essential part of the fabric of London.
'Islamic finance is contributing to the economy by changing the way Londoners invest, save, borrow and spend.
'There are valuable lessons that people of all backgrounds can learn from Islam such as the importance of community spirit, family ties, compassion and helping those less fortunate, all of which lie at the heart of the teachings of Ramadan.'
Source: Daily Mail
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