Families will not be able to gather to pray or break their fast this year
The month of Ramadan has arrived and is known as the holy month for Muslims, they will not eat or drink between dawn and sunset.
Fasting is important time of the year as it allows Muslims to devote themselves to come closer to Allah, or God.
Coronavirus has brought severe restrictions, and this means that people will not gather to break their fast and pray together each evening.
Worshipping as a community will now become something private.
For some it will be a time to bond with their families and for others as it is a hard time.
Ayaan who is big part of her community, works with charities and does volunteering work. Her biggest fear was finding how she will serve her community when the means to do so are very limited.
Organisations are making it their duty to help believers as much as they can, “with online services available to all this has given me comfort.”
Ayaan and her family are devoted to their religion although there has been significant changes this will not stop them from making the most of Ramadan .
“It is essential to priorities the needs save guard and help those who are most vulnerable, even though the physical aspect has affected me knowing that staying at home changes a lot, this brings me comfort”
Birmingham City Council has posted a video of Waseem Zaffar who has sent out a message supporting those who are fasting for Ramadan “please take care in what you do and protect our NHS.”
Although there is uncertainty amongst Muslims, there is also a lot of support between one another.
British Muslim celebrities and key workers have produced a COVID 19 video to raise awareness and also to encourage safety measure during this pandemic.
Figures from the Annual Population Survey show that there is 3,372,966 number of Muslims in UK , and in Birmingham 301,000. Which makes up 27% of the local population.
For any Muslims experiencing solitude there are many charities and organisations across the region offering support online .