27th June 2014
From tomorrow*, British Muslims will join over a billion Muslims all over the world in a month of fasting, charity and solidarity. Key facts about Ramadan can be found here.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) wishes all those participating a blessed, spiritual and peaceful Ramadan.
In his Ramadan message, Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “Ramadan provides the much needed opportunity for reflection and renewal of the purpose. We pray that this blessed month and the act of fasting helps us to unite in connecting to the spirit of Islam: truth, justice, compassion and humanity. We hope that Ramadan enables us to reach out to those who misunderstand and those who need our help.”
Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed, and many Muslims focus their time to develop the qualities of ‘God-consciousness’, compassion and discipline. Mosques around the country will be full of worshippers, particularly during (extra) night prayers.
This is also a month where Muslims will excel themselves in extraordinary acts of charitable giving. Millions of pounds will be raised. As we start hungry during fasting hours, we remember the plight of those who have no choice but to be hungry.
Many mosques will be opening their doors to the public and inviting in neighbours, regardless of faith, to join them in evening meals to break the fast (Iftar).
As Ramadan now falls in summer months, those fasting will have to do so for long hours, in excess of 19 hours this year. The Muslim Council has set out many practical guidelines on health and well-being during Ramadan. It is important that whilst Muslims observe the fast, health is not ignored.
Go online to see our health guide and guidelines for those suffering from diabetes. www.mcb.org.uk/ramadan
Notes to Editors:
1. *This year Ramadan is expected to either start on the 28, 29th or 30 June. The start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the moon. Different Muslim communities will start the month depending on their interpretation of moon sighting.
2. ‘Iftar’ is the time when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset
3. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.
For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330