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 (MCB)
extends its warmest wishes to all for a blessed, spiritual and peaceful
This year, Ramadan comes at a challenging time, both at home and
abroad. Apart from the ongoing recession affecting the country as a whole
there has been increased tension and Islamophobia. Many mosques and communities
in the UK have faced increased attacks since the tragic events at Woolwich,
though many of our non-Muslim friends have joined us in solidarity against such
many parts of the Muslim world are experiencing war, internal strife,
oppression and uncertainty, particularly, in Syria, Burma and now Egypt.
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
connect 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.
We urge that visitors to mosques take utmost care of their neighbours
and the elderly by avoiding unnecessary noise, disturbance and traffic.
Reflection and Gratitude
As many Muslims abstain from food and drink for long hours, they are reminded
of those around the world who cannot afford to feed themselves. The month
teaches about the importance of patience and gratitude.
Generosity and Neighbourliness
Ramadan is a wonderful time to become active in reaching out through acts of
charity and service. It is through selfless acts of devotion and giving in
charity that one attains closeness to Allah. Charity begins at home so it is
important that we remember those most at
need here in the UK as well
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. Many British Muslim charities
will be raising record breaking amounts of money for good causes at home and
Muslims once again may start
Ramadan on different days, depending on diverse opinions regarding
moon-sighting. Regardless of when this blessed month begins, the MCB hopes that
Ramadan will be a unique opportunity to foster unity and brotherhood among our
communities across the country.
As Ramadan now falls in summer months, those fasting will have to do so for
long hours, in excess of 18 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. The
Council has issued a ‘Ramadan Health Fact Sheet’ that has been circulated to chaplains across hospitals
in the UK, as well as a guidance document on ‘Ramadan and Diabetes - A Guide for
Patients’. The MCB will also be publishing a revised version of
‘What to consider when processing, preparing and serving food in the holy month
of Ramadan’. Please visit www.mcb.org.uk for more information.
To find out more about Ramadan, please visit our ‘Key Facts’ page about Ramadan
Note to Editors:
1. *This year Ramadan is expected to either start on the 9th or 10th
July. The start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the moon. Different Muslim
communities will start the month depending on their interpretation of moon
2. ‘Iftar’ is the time when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset
3. The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK's representative Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain,
PO Box 57330,
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079