Here is a video message from UNHCR about Ramadan, which lasts 24 April to 24 May 2020.
WHO Guidance to Muslims
Muslim Council of Britain guidance
The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest umbrella organisation for Muslims in Britain, published online guidance (PDF) for communities to make the most out of the season while the UK remains in lockdown.
There are no congregational acts of worship outside the home, no Taraweeh prayers at the mosque and no iftars (a ritual meal marking the breaking of the fast after sundown) with friends and family to attend. The Muslim Council of Britain offers guidance on how to arrange virtual iftars online with loved ones and community members by using video chat; suggests planning iftar menus in advance to avoid multiple shopping trips; and says that high-energy, slow-burning foods just before dawn (the suhoor) can help maintain energy levels throughout the daylight fasting hours. More on their website.
A call for adults to join a “virtual Iftar” and for Muslims to use Facebook and Zoom to enjoy communal prayers to avoid leaving the house, with materials for organising a virtual iftar here
- Bashir Ahmed Mosque in Southampton has provided guidance on Ramadan
- Abu Bakr Mosque in Southampton has provided guidance on their Facebook page
Video guidance from a UK Muslim GP
Dr Azma Ali acknowledges how different the holy month of Ramadan will be for fellow Muslims this year, but how Ramadan can still be observed both spiritually and socially while adhering to the social distancing measures in place – and how technology can play a role. She also focuses on the importance of ensuring health and wellbeing for those who will be fasting as well as advice for those who are old or unwell. Here is the link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDXV1oGEH4E
From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Various COVID-19 prevention tips for displaced Syrian communities including information on how best to observe religious practices (in Arabic followed by English)
Public Health England
During the holy month of Ramadan, the Charity Commission is encouraging donors to take extra precautions to ensure charitable contributions reach the intended cause. Increased online giving is expected this Ramadan, as mosques and community centres remain closed to reduce social contact. They are advising people to use gov.uk/checkcharity and the Commission’s online register.