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The holy month of Ramadan runs from Thursday April 23 until Saturday May 23, 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge many parts of our daily life and it is appreciated that this will be further heightened for those observing and practising their faith throughout the holy month.

Muslims in the UK and around the world will not be able to mark Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr in the way they would normally do. Many of the usual traditions around Ramadan such as gathering together, community work and charity, have been compromised due to social distancing restrictions.

The Government has been clear that all places of worship should remain closed at this time and, unfortunately, this means that mosques and other prayer facilities in the borough will not be able to open for worship during Ramadan.

Social distancing rules will also mean that people will be unable to meet outside their immediate households for iftars in the way that they would do normally. This includes for sharing meals and prayers.

Nobody wants these measures to go on for a day longer than they have to, but it is important that we work together to protect one another and ensure that our friends and family, especially those that are older or may have health problems, are not exposed to this disease.

Public Health England have published a useful article on their website titled Stay at home for Ramadan which contains helpful information and advice, including social distancing guidelines. 

Celebrating Ramadan

The Muslim Council of Britain have issued the guidance Ramadan at home: Stay home, Save lives which outlines how individuals and families can practise their faith during the holy month whilst keeping safe. This includes finding alternative ways to mark Ramadan together during this challenging time.

We encourage everyone who is preparing for Ramadan this week to think about different ways of connecting virtually with people outside of their households.

Many Imams will be holding online spiritual reminders as well as practical advice in order to make the most of Ramadan. The use of video meeting software to hold virtual Iftars is a great option to bring families together.

Planning Iftars ahead of time will allow households to minimise trips to the supermarket. Hydrating well for the long fasting days is important, as is eating high energy, slow burn foods for suhoor (starting your fast).

It is equally important to remain energised throughout the day to combat heightened levels of anxiety during these times. Throughout Ramadan ensure regular breaks are taken to allow the time for reflection.

Across the country, individuals and families are helping to safely support their neighbours, communities and the most vulnerable. We welcome these continued contributions and know this will take on a special meaning during Ramadan.

At this challenging time, it is important we all continue to support the shared national effort.

Please see below a list of Ramadan messages from the UK government

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