Covid-19 guidance during Ramadan

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, we want our Muslim community to staying healthy and happy during Ramadan. Now more than ever, we are urging people to stay healthy, fast safely and to #RamadanAtHome.

Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, during which time Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours, for approximately 30 days. It is a time for self-reflection and evaluation. 

The presence of the Covid-19 means that Ramadan will be celebrated differently this year. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has released advice and information on how to continue the traditions and community spirit of Ramadan whilst respecting government restrictions, including home and virtual iftars.

A Taraweeh at home toolkit has been developed to make the Taraweeh experience fun, engaging and interactive for the whole family. We hope you can use this as a means of keeping the family united throughout these challenging times.

If you’re fasting and you start to feel unwell (nauseous, disoriented, faint or even collapsing) the general advice is to stop and have a drink of water. The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that this is acceptable under Islamic law.

Those with increased risk of contracting COVID-19 should consider alternative options to fasting. These include people who are unwell due to conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or those who are on medication, pregnant or elderly.

For further advice for a healthy Ramadan at home, read this blog from Public Health England.

We understand that this is an extremely worrying time for everyone. We want to do all we can to help you feel safe and supported during this time. Nationally, an inquiry has been launched to understand why people from BAME backgrounds appear to be disproportionately affected by coronavirus. While we await these findings, we encourage you to take the steps outlined above to ensure that you and your families are protected and you enjoy a happy and healthy Ramadan.