At the start of the holy month of Ramadan Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers has issued the following message.
“I would like to send my best wish Muslims in Barnet and around the world for a holy and safe Ramadan. As with many religious events and festivals this year's Ramadan will be noticeably different because of the Covid emergency. However, I hope that people will be able to spend some time with family and loved ones in a Covid-secure way during this most important time of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan Mubarak to all who are undertaking their Ramadan fast”.
As one of the five pillars of Islam the Sawm sees Muslims across the world abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. During this time of fasting, Muslims will devote time to prayer, spiritual reflection, charity and self-improvement. The holy month traditionally starts on the first sighting of the new moon and continues for 30 days and concludes with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
This year Ramadan is due to begin on the evening of the 12th April and end on the evening of 12th May