Ramadhan Foundation Press Release

Eid ul Fitr and Coronavirus Lockdown

Published: Wednesday 20th May 2020 18:00

Mr. Mohammed Shafiq, CEO of the Ramadhan Foundation comments:

“As the Holy Month of Ramadan comes to an end, I would like to wish all Muslims around the World Eid Mubarak.  We are living in extraordinary times due to the coronavirus and I cannot recall a time when all Mosques are closed and there will be no facility for Eid prayers.  British Muslims, our organisations and Mosques have been following the Government guidance and staying at home.  Despite the economic crisis, British Muslims are giving millions in charity during this month of Ramadan for causes at home and abroad.

As Mosques are closed, we will see British Muslims celebrate Eid at home knowing full well by staying at home they are saving lives.  I share the sadness of British Muslims that we cannot go to the Mosque and gather with families but we understand and support the reasons why we cannot.  There will be a time to come together after this is over but now is not the time.

So the Ramadhan Foundation appeals to British Muslims, continue to do what you are doing which is following the guidance and staying at home.  There is however real worry in religious communities at the extended lockdown of places of worship.  We urge the Government to work with Mosques and places of worships to see how they can be re-opened so the spiritual and religious needs are met whist strictly observing scientific and medical guidance.

If there are signs of the opening of shops, a return to work then why must places of worship wait?

I am proud of the fact British Muslims in every industry and service sector are at the heart of protecting our country and once this crisis is over, never again should we tolerate the rampant Islamophobia and racism which has been tolerated for too long.

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