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My Lords, I join others in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Sacks, for initiating this debate and for his personal contributions to faith communities across Britain. It was Kipling who wrote:
"If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With 60 seconds' worth of distance run".
Here is my effort. I can think of no better words than those in the prayer of my own Muslim community to Her Majesty, which is:
"In the name of God, the gracious, the merciful: O Powerful and Noble God. Through your Grace and Blessings keep our honoured Queen forever happy in the same way that we are living happily under her benevolence and kindness; and be kind and loving towards her in the same way that we are living in peace and prosperity under her generous and righteous rule".
Adorned on many a London bus is a message not just of a Muslim community to the Queen but a message of all communities to the Queen: "Congratulations Your Majesty!" and thank you.