Ramzan Safety Reminder: The UK’s state-funded National Health Service (NHS) has issued further guidance for a reminder for why British Muslims to stay away from social gatherings throughout the holy month of Ramzan in view of the devastating coronavirus pandemic.
Safety reminder for Ramzan in UK because of COVID-19 Pandemic
As the social measures remain in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the NHS said staff and supervisors working in healthcare settings and hospitals have also been issued advice to cover adjustments over fasting agreements for coworkers and operating hours.
Ramzan is the holiest month in Islam, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. This week It’s expected to begin, based on the moon’s sighting.
The government on Wednesday said that 759 more people with the coronavirus have expired in the nation”s associations, taking the total toll on 18,100. T
The UK”s death toll due to the coronavirus is the fourth highest in Europe, behind Italy, Spain and France, all of whom have reported over 20,000 deaths.
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“The whole of the united kingdom is continuing to make huge efforts and sacrifices to delay the spread of this coronavirus. Since Ramzan and Eid occur during the projected peak of COVID-19, the NHS has issued further guidance as part of a package of wellbeing service for all NHS individuals,” explained Dr Habib Naqvi, NHS Deputy Director Workforce Race Equality Standard.
“This is another critical period when Muslims, along with other communities, should use online platforms and alternative approaches to communicate with family and friends and adhere with government recommendations regarding social distancing. The coronavirus constraints continue to be quite likely to be in place by Eid, therefore the key message stays: stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives,” he said.
The NHS has a diverse workforce, with an estimated 3.3 per cent of those 1.4 million NHS workers being out of a Muslim background.
“Fasting has an important fundamental feature in several significant religions but there are a lot of exemptions where adult Muslims don’t fast during Ramzan. These include people with ill health and long-term health conditions such as diabetes and those that are pregnant, elderly or women experiencing menstrual cycles,” the NHS advice notes.
Under the coronavirus lockdown of the UK, everyone must stay to help block the spread of this deadly virus. This includes people of all ages — even if a person has health conditions or no symptoms.
The only reasons allowed to leave your house is to look for basic essentials — only when actually needed; to perform one kind of exercise a day — such as a jog, cycle or walk, alone or together with other people that you live together; for any medical need — for example, to pay a visit to a drugstore or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable individual; and also to traveling to and from work but only where that is absolutely needed.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools, has also issued a set of guidelines for the sacred month at the lockdown period, set up at least until May 7 until it’s reviewed.
“Ramzan is normally a time for Muslims to gather with family and friends and in mosques to break the fast and pray together. The MCB’s guidance advises ways by which Muslims across the UK can still take advantage of Ramadan from home emotionally and socially,” that the MCB said.
Its advice includes information on attending and hosting virtual iftars (dinner in the conclusion of fasting) to tuning in to their neighborhood mosque’s livestreamed services.
Mosques across the UK have been ramping up their presence offering sessions, with Imams functioning to continue to participate with their communities and keep morale up during these trying times to sermons or prayers.
“The concept for this Ramzan is apparent: fast and pray in your home and share Ramzan digitally. Here is the best way to help save lives,” stated MCB Secretary General Harun Khan.
“Ramzan is about linking to God through worship, reflection, compassion and giving back to others. It’s important to use this opportunity to reconsider, to reflect on the way and the way we relate to our communities, our creator and people in need. We must be sure to celebrate Ramzan in the safest manner possible: in our homes,” he said.
The MCB is also encouraging all Muslims to use the holy month of Ramzan to return to their communities, both in the method of financial donations to their regional mosques if they could afford it and getting involved in local initiatives if it’s safe to do so. PTI AK PMS PMS