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Muslim community celebrates Ramadan despite lockdown

The graphic reads: Holding virtual Iftars is a great way to bring families together. Published Monday, 18th May 2020

Through the chaos of Coronavirus, communities have had to come together like never before.

The holy month of Ramadan draws to a close this week and this year’s celebration has been unique for the Muslim community.

In Worcestershire, Ramadan has still been celebrated despite the challenges lockdown has brought.

The lack of social interaction has not stopped local communities connecting with one another and has encouraged people to find new ways of reaching out. 

Prayer sessions and Iftars have been held online, with many using video conferencing software such as Zoom or Skype for the first time.

Mohammed Iqbal, general secretary of the Worcester Muslim Welfare Association at Central Mosque, Tallow Hill, said: “This Ramadan has been truly unique, and has seen people marking the holy month in different ways. The way the community has adapted to the challenges put in front of them has been remarkable. Ramadan is a time for self-sacrifice and contemplation, quite fitting for this pandemic.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said: ”It has been amazing to see the Worcestershire community celebrating this special religious month to the fullest, despite the pandemic interfering with the usual way of recognising Ramadan. I am delighted that the Muslim community has followed advice by staying home during the holiday, yet still been able to celebrate with loved ones, albeit it digitally. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.”

The public, including those celebrating Ramadan, are reminded to practise healthy hygiene such as handwashing for 20 seconds using soap and water when entering homes, eating and handling food as well as after you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.