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London’s Muslim community celebrates Ramadan as COVID restrictions are lifted – London

ramadan The celebrations began on Friday evening and the fast began on Saturday.

Aarij Anwer, the Director of Religious Affairs at the Muslim Mosque in London is excited that the 2022 commemoration will look different than the previous two.

“We have nightly prayer services,” Anwer said. “It’s something we’ve missed over the past two years due to the pandemic. But now we can come together and it feels great.”

According to Anwer, one of the most important aspects of Ramadan is “experiencing the gathering of Muslims. All ties, from all backgrounds, every single night. It’s a very uplifting experience.”

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Ramadan is the celebration of the ninth lunar month in the Islamic calendar. It is the most significant time of the year for Muslims and the time when the pillar of fasting is practiced, which means that they do not eat or drink from morning to night.

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“It’s a way for us to accomplish the things we enjoy, create empathy for those in need, and also connect with our God and thank Him for His blessings.”

Londoner Ali Chahbar celebrates Ramadan with his family and young children.

“I have three young children (ages nine, six and three),” Chahbar said. “Because my children are young, they don’t really observe fasting themselves because they are not old enough for it. We’re making it a festive month – various activities and family meals. My kids love crafts and at the end of Ramadan they dress up and get together, party and visit family.

“It’s a bit like Christmas except for Muslims.”

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He explains the celebration of Ramadan as a “spiritual battery recharge”.

“It is truly a month of observation, discipline, reflection and prayer. We abstain from eating and drinking and other temptations in order to center ourselves spiritually.”

Chahbar also plans to attend celebrations at the mosque and celebrate with the community.

“One of the things we’re most looking forward to is being able to gather for family dinners, visit relatives and go to the mosque for prayer like we haven’t done in two years,” he said.

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In addition to Ramadan traditions, the London Mosque is running a food drive to help those in need.

“It supports various panels and women’s shelters around the city,” Anwer said. “This is a collaboration between the mosque and the school within the mosque. So come and get your support.”

Donations can be made for those who do not practice the Islamic faith but still wish to show support on-line Food donations can be brought directly to the mosque.

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“One of the most amazing ways to show support is to come to the mosque one of the evenings for one of the meals,” smiled Anwer. “Come into the community and see what it’s like to be with your Muslim neighbors and enjoy good food.”

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