A wish of 'Ramadan Kareem' from the Mayor of the London Borough of Brent

24 April 2020

Every year Muslims across the world observe a month of daily fasting during Ramadan.

Fasting during Ramadan, or for other reasons, is one of the five pillars of Islam; the others being faith, prayer, charity and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

We are all facing a difficult time and this year will present an entirely different set of issues, as the coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

Mosques are closed and Muslims are being urged to remain in their own homes, despite the usual tradition for communal meals and prayers.

This is the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad and so it is regarded as a time filled with blessings, and worshippers are asked to focus on spirituality rather than on earthly needs and indulgences.

It is traditional to convey greetings and blessings to those who are about to begin an entire month of fasting and, with that, I want to wish all those who will be participating a very special ‘Ramadan Kareem’. This means ‘generous Ramadan’ wishing people many good rewards during the month.