Latest COVID19 Advice for British Muslims

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1. Ramadan 2021
2. Mosques & Madrasas
3. Keeping Safe
4. Vaccines
5. Mental Health
6. Hajj & Umrah

1. Ramadan 2021

Overall #SafeRamadan 2021 guidance can be viewed online at: www.mcb.org.uk/ramadan

This web page contains guidelines, advice and signposting resources to help Muslims in Britain make the most of the blessed month, as well as friends, neighbours and colleagues of Muslims, whilst staying safe and supporting the fight against the virus. Alternatively, click here to download the #SafeRamadan 2021 Guide as a PDF

2. Advice for Mosques and Madrasas

Ramadan 2021 will be a very different experience for us all. The MCB’s full Ramadan 2021 guidance is at www.mcb.org.uk/ramadan.

For mosque leaders and organisers, guidance for #SafeRamadan has been produced for organisers of taraweehi’itikaf and other Ramadan activities to help in their planning for Ramadan this year to keep our communities as safe as possible. See below or click here to download as PDF.

On 3rd May, an update for i’itikaf and Eid was issued, see below. 


Click here to download #SafeRamadan 2021 Guide for Mosque Leaders as PDF.

Click here for #SafeRamadan 2021 guide in Arabic
Click here for #SafeRamadan 2021 guide in Urdu
Click here for #SafeRamadan 2021 guide in Kurdish
Click here for #SafeRamadan 2021 guide in Bengali
Click here for #SafeRamadan 2021 guide in Pashto

The above supplements the wider advice contained within the 9-Steps to Reopening Mosques (PDF) published in June 2020.

With special thanks to Penny Gibbs, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent CCGs and the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support for arranging the translations into Arabic, Urdu, Bengali and Kurdish.

Please note, guidance is generic and should be tailored to your local context following consultation with your local scholars, public health officials and community. Nobody should be obliged to follow this guidance which is advisory only and it is ultimately the responsibility of venue trustees or legally responsible persons to ensure compliance with the law. For queries, please email [email protected]

3. Keeping Safe – Advice for Individuals

22 February – the Prime Minister has announced a roadmap to lifting England’s lockdown. The rules and restrictions will be lifted in stages. See these graphics below for a summary of the roadmap. For more information, visit Government’s COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021.

4. Vaccinations

5. Mental Health During the Pandemic

Several Muslim mental health organisations in the UK have united to provide a range of services to tackle mental health problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

Each organisation specialises in a different aspect of mental health, and can be contacted as your needs require. More details can be found at the MCB Mental Health Resource page or in the flyer below.

6. Advice for Umrah/Hajj Travellers

The current COVID-19 crisis means that there is uncertainty in many aspects of life and the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages are no different.

Hajj 2021

In 2021, the Hajj will be approximately 17-22 July. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in similarity to 2020, the outlook for Hajj is highly uncertain.

UPDATE 21 March 2021 – the Council of British Hajjis UK has issued a guidance that prospective British pilgrims should NOT to book a Hajj or Umrah package until we hear an official confirmation from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj & Umrah. Their guidance also includes a few frequently asked questions.

Click here to read latest CBHUK guidance for British Muslims.

Click here for FCDO guidance on pilgrimage travel to Saudi Arabia.

For more information and general advice on Hajj , visit the news page from the Council of British Hajjis UK

Umrah 2021

UPDATE 21 March 2021 – the Council of British Hajjis UK has issued a guidance that prospective British pilgrims should NOT to book a Hajj or Umrah package until we hear an official confirmation from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Haj & Umrah. Their guidance also includes a few frequently asked questions. Click here to read latest CBHUK guidance for British Muslims.

UPDATE 29 January 2021 – Saudi Arabia has announced that they are extending their travel ban from 31 March to 17 May in view of delays in getting vaccines and the second waves all across the world. Read more here.

For UK Government’s travel advice to Saudi Arabia, click here.

This page has been continuously updated since 26 February 2020 to provided up-to-date guidance for British Muslim communities.

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