Every year Mayor of London sends a Ramadan message to Londoners as he and millions of others across the country will start preparing for the holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is where Muslims fast from sunrise till sunset for 30 days.
This year however, with the covid-19 pandemic and the UK still in lockdown, Ramadan will be a very different experience for Muslims, with no congregational acts of worship outside the home, no gatherings for iftars and also no taraweeh prayers, which is a special ramadan prayer offered in congregation at the end of the night.
In recognition of this the Mayor of London along with the support of other leading Muslim personalities have come together with doctors, nurses, police officers and firefighters in a video to wish everyone a safe ramadan, but equally to remind the British Muslim community to continue the fight in protecting the NHS by adhering to the lockdown rules.
Particularly as research suggests that there’s been a disproportionate impact of the virus across all BAME communities in the UK.
Along with Mayor of London also featuring in the video are award-winning actor star Riz Ahmed, journalist Mehdi Hasan, comedian Tez Ilyas, Bradford West MP Naz Shah, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, poet Hussain Manawer, amongst others.
The message is clear This #Ramadan:
Stay at home
Pray for the world from home
Open your fast at home
Do #iftar at home
Protect our NHS and save lives #RamadanAtHome #StayHomeSaveLives
Watch the full video below