Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has spoken of his gratitude to the Muslim community for their support and observance of the coronavirus lockdown during the Holy month of Ramadan.
In a heartfelt message, the Commissioner said Muslims across Derbyshire were embracing the special festival, in which adult Muslims fast and reflect, in a variety of imaginative ways to protect their families and the wider community amid the pandemic.
With mosques closed and other social distancing measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, many Muslims have taken to online communications platforms to connect to their loved-ones and families and share the joy of Ramadan while prayers and fasting are being held at home.
Mr Dhindsa said: “This year’s Ramadan is very different with many of the usual traditions and celebrations associated with the blessed month unable to go ahead. However, I have been truly inspired by the fortitude and resilience of the Muslim community in making this time as special as it always has been and for the way these temporary restrictions continue to be received.
“Many are using the power of technology to share Ramadan’s precious moments and connect with their families and loved-ones, while mosques are continuing to engage the community and worshippers with live-streaming facilities.
“I understand how difficult it is and the sacrifices being made and I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Muslim community here in Derbyshire for their patience and adaptability during this immensely challenging time.
“Many Muslims will find great comfort from their faith during the current health crisis. Covid-19 has had a tremendous impact on all communities in Derbyshire and the need to stay connected for those living alone or at great distance from their families is all the more important.
“I’m proud of the way the Muslim community has responded to these challenges while continuing to protect our NHS and lives by honouring the stay at home guidance. I wish you a safe and blessed Ramadhan Mubarak.”
Nazir Hussain added: “On behalf of the Derby Jamia Mosque we would like to thank the whole community for their support and understanding during the coronavirus pandemic. It is crucial we continue to follow the government guidelines regarding social gathering and social distancing. The community has been highly responsive and responsible by practising and praying during the holy month of Ramadan at home. We would like to express a special thanks to the NHS and ALL keyworkers who are performing an excellent service during these extremely challenging times. Please stay home and stay safe!”
Staying safe during Ramadan is a key priority. Derby City Council has created a host of advice resources and safety tips to protect Muslims throughout Ramadan and during the pandemic which are available here
Derby Jamia Mosque also has advice and information for Ramadan at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Mosque/Derby-Jamia-Mosque-223466264414751/
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Posted on Friday 1st May 2020