Ramadan Mubarak

This is a special time of the year in our spiritual calendar. For Christians, it was the celebration of Easter.  Jews it was Passover.  For Sikh it was Vaisakhi. For Muslims it’s the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

For all those observing these important moments I extend my wishes. These are times for families and communities opening up and getting together and being with loved ones. Unfortunately, the reality is families are divided, empty streets, locked shops, uncertain future and empty places of worship.

Internet communities/initiatives are springing up, help from community hubs, people are going out of their way to help each other where they can.  That indomitable human spirit is coming to the fore.

As a Muslim and in this coming month of Ramadan I take inspiration from the essence of all these holy occasions as moments for reflection, remembrance and renewal.

On reflection: I thank the selfless health workers fighting this awful virus – and all those working to keep our communities going. Let’s remember our elderly, sick, vulnerable and our families. For me, in Ramadan, it’s time to renew my faith in God by drawing strength from my family, the good being displayed in these times as communities with our different faiths/beliefs and ethnicity that is the blend which is uniting our care for one another.  This is our common humanity and it will help us to defeat this virus.

Ramadan Mubarak

* Cllr. Tahir Maher is a member of the LDV editorial team

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  • Richard Underhill 23rd Apr '20 - 11:36am

    David Attenborough was on the Andrew Marr show with a representative of the World Wildlife Fund. They addressed the issue of whether the virus or Planet B were more important.
    Richard and David Attenborough were children at the time of the Kindertransport. Their father told them that they must make the key decision.

  • Nonconformistradical 23rd Apr '20 - 12:15pm

    As Tim Berners-Lee’s brother Mike has pointed out in his book…

    There is no Planet B

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