A safe and happy Ramadan
Ramadan this year runs from Thursday 23 April. It is the holiest month of the year for Muslims when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed.
During Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours and increase spiritual devotional acts, such as prayer and giving to charity.
With Covid-19 restrictions in place, Ramadan will likely be a different experience for Muslims celebrating this year in many countries around the world and here in our local communities.
Many will not be able to travel, be with family or attend Mosque to pray as they usually would.
It is vital for everyone to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
The Muslim Council of Britain’s website has guidance on celebrating Ramadan at home, including tips for staying connected online, planning food and shopping, and studying at working at home during Ramadan.
Thanking our communities
Councillor Amanda Grimshaw, the council’s lead member for equalities, said: “I’d like to wish everyone celebrating a happy and safe Ramadan. I recognise the current restrictions will be a challenge for many people celebrating this year.
“It has been heartening to see all our communities and faith groups coming together to help those in need through the Covid-19 crisis.
“I’d like to extend my thanks for the contribution the city’s Muslim communities have made to supporting people who are isolated and have needed help getting food.
“I’d also like to thank the many people in our Muslim communities who deliver vital frontline services. Many celebrating Ramadan will be working longer hours this year and your commitment and dedication during this challenging time is much appreciated.”
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