Ramadan is a time of reflection, and as we come to the end of a Ramadan like no other, it is important to take a minute and reflect on the situation we find ourselves in.
The response of Muslim communities not just to a Ramadan in lockdown, but to the whole pandemic, has been truly inspiring. I am constantly in awe of British Muslims. From our resolve and resilience to our ingenuity and drive to help others.
This Ramadan, with the doors of the masajid closed, we have seen community members work hard to take their services online, from khutbahs and dua recitation to Qur’an classes and activities for children. Alhamdulillah, we have all been able to partake and enjoy the month with our communities and our Imams from home. We have also seen masajid come up with new ways of helping people and providing food. Many have used their space to set up food banks to help those in the local area who are struggling as a result of the pandemic, and others have been able to deliver iftar to the houses of their congregants.
Muslim communities across the UK have truly shown what Ramadan is about: giving back to others. We have seen donations pour in for so many good causes, the generosity of Muslims clearly on display. The #SupportOurMosques campaign run by the MCB and LaunchGood to facilitate mosques receiving donations online has managed to raise almost £450,000 for over 135 mosques, community centres and prayer facilities in the UK, helping to ensure they will still be able to be there for us when it is safe for their doors to open.
Whilst it is with great sadness that this Eid we have to stay away from our masajid and away from our loved ones, to keep everyone safe, the day remains one of celebration. We no doubt will see the ingenuity and passion of Muslim families up and down the country, finding the best ways to celebrate the day.
I would like to commend all our affiliates for their tireless community efforts, particularly during such turbulent and testing times.
May you all enjoy and celebrate the day with loved ones, and may it be filled with peace and blessings.