This Ramadan Please stay, pray and fast at home.
A message to all Muslim communities across Wiltshire and Swindon celebrating Ramadan, at the start of the holy month.
Please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The holy month of Ramadan is important to Muslims as a time to elebrate, pray and enjoy the festivities. This year Ramadan is going to be different. We know it will be a challenging time and that you will not be able to mark Ramadan in the way you would normally.
However, the most important action we can all take, in fighting the spread of coronavirus, is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. All places of worship should remain closed at this time, and so unfortunately mosques will not be able to open for worship during Ramadan.
Social distancing rules also mean that people will be unable to meet outside their immediate households for Iftars, including sharing meals and prayers.
We encourage everyone who is preparing for Ramadan, to think about different ways of connecting virtually with people outside of your household.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Ramadan this year:
- Pray for the world from home
- Plan Iftars ahead to minimise trips to the supermarket
- Video call your family for Iftar meals
- Use social media to reach out to your community
So this Ramadan, please adjust your celebrations to safely support your family, neighbours, communities and the most vulnerable.
Thank you for your continued contribution to our shared national effort - which we know will take on a special meaning during Ramadan - at this challenging time for everyone.