The holy month of Ramadan will begin today (Thursday 23 April) and the Council is urging those taking part in the festival to continue to adhere to Government guidelines regarding social distancing to
Ramadan is an important celebration in the Muslim calendar where friends and family come together. However, staying home socially isolating plays an invaluable role in slowing down the spread of the coronavirus.
This will mean adapting the usual religious and cultural practices during the holy month to keep our communities safe.
The Greater Manchester Council of Mosques supports this approach, urging all worshipers to remain at home and avoid praying in large groups.
The Council wants to hear about any innovative way people are continuing the celebration at home whilst staying connected with family and friends via social media platforms.
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Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's Deputy Leader, said: “First and foremost I would like to send my very best wishes to all those celebrating Ramadan.
“It is such a special time of year for so many of our residents, but it can not go without saying that for many this Ramadan will be unique due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Despite the challenges I am confident that those celebrating will do so responsibly and by staying at home.
“To all those taking part in the festival, Ramadan Mubarak”
To find out more information on how you can stay safe whilst still making the most of Ramadan at home visit the Public Health England website here: https://.blog.gov.uk/2020/04/22/stay-at-home-for-ramadan/