In a poignant and personal tribute ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, Imam Qari Asim (Chair of the Mosque & Imams National Advisory Board and Senior Editor at ImamsOnline) congratulated the Royal monarch as she reaches her 70-year reign milestone this weekend.
His statement is as follows:
‘The Platinum Jubilee in general, and the Beacons project in particular, offer an opportunity for us all to join together in a wonderful celebration across different generations and communities in Britain and all over the world, and to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s extraordinary life of public service.
Throughout her 70 year long reign, the Queen has shown deep commitment, affection and admiration for her country, the Commonwealth and the people across the world, as well as the ability to adapt and evolve with the changing world around her. Her Majesty The Queen has been a wonderful beacon of hope, integrity, stability and unity for our country and beyond.
May the Lord allow this momentous occasion of the Platinum Jubilee to provide unity, peace and hope across our wonderful nation. My hope is that all communities can come together in celebration and give thanks to Her Majesty for her exceptional devotion to public service. I encourage Muslim and other communities across the country to celebrate this remarkable milestone in the Queen’s public service by lighting a beacon and partaking in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.’
A series of events will be held from Sunday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which will culminate this summer.
Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, more than 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth on the first evening of the extended four-day Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in June 2022.
Imam Qari Asim is joined by senior clerics from the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Zoroastrian and Bahai faiths, who have all voiced strong support for the beacons and urged their communities to take part. These include the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.