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British Muslims to welcome month of Ramadan – a month of compassion, charity and self control

From tomorrow, British Muslims will join over a billion Muslims all over the world in a month of fasting, charity and solidarity. Key facts about Ramadan can be found here.

For one month, Muslims will fast from dawn until sunset. In the UK, Ramadan falls during the summer months and the fasting day could last some 19 hours.

The Muslim Council of Britain has issued advice to Muslims to stay healthy during this Ramadan and advice for employees, employers and others to cope with the long fasts: http://www.mcb.org.uk/ramadan/ramadan-and-you/

In issuing this advice, Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “As a retired doctor, healthcare during Ramadan is very important to me. It is important for us to be responsible in the way we fast and take care of our bodies.”

Remembering God, Giving to Charity

In his Ramadan message, Dr Shuja Shafi also said: “Ramadan is a month of devotion to prayers, patience, reflection and charity. It is also a great time for interfaith work and sharing our best practises with those not of the Muslim faith”

This is a month where Muslims will excel themselves in extraordinary acts of charitable giving. Millions of pounds will be raised. As we start hungry during fasting hours, we remember the plight of those who have no choice but to be hungry.

Many mosques will be opening their doors to the public and inviting in neighbours, regardless of faith, to join them in evening meals to break the fast (Iftar).

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) wishes all those participating a blessed, spiritual and peaceful Ramadan.

#Ramadan2015

Notes to Editors

1. *This year Ramadan is expected to either start on the 18th or 19th June. The start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the moon. Different Muslim communities will start the month depending on their interpretation of moon sighting.

2. ‘Iftar’ is the time when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset

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