Muslims told to 'pray at home and share Ramadan digitally'

Ramadan this year will be a ‘very different experience for Muslims’, who have been told to pray at home and share Iftar meals digitally due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance ahead of the holy month, which begins on April 23.

They said: ‘At present, it is unlikely that social distancing measures will be lifted and we will be able to return to our normal routines. As such, congregational acts of worship for Muslims outside of the home will still be banned to stop the spread of the virus.

‘This includes taraweeh prayers at the mosque or anywhere outside our own homes, spiritual talks in the community or iftars (breaking of the fast) with friends and family to attend. We will all be seeking to adapt to these changes while still enjoying the spiritual lift and community spirit that Ramadan provides.’

Mosques, along with other places of worship in the UK, remain closed due to the lockdown.

However, people were advised they can stream Islamic lectures or prayers online, either pre-recorded or live, in place of going in person.

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Those celebrating are instructed to follow the Government’s social distancing rules by sharing meals ending fasting (Iftar) with family over FaceTime rather than in person.

People have also been advised to be mindful in their shopping habits, planning meals in advance to limit the number of trips, and avoiding stocking up to ‘allow for everyone to acquire that they need’.

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