Holy Month at Home as the Muslim Community Face Ramadan Indoors
Written by Chris Harris on April 20, 2020
The 23rd of April marks the start on of the holy month Ramadan, which will then then be proceeded by Eid to mark its completion with what is usually a large gathering on the racecourse followed by evening prayer services at the mosque.
However, this year Northampton’s Muslim community head into Ramadan with a collective sense of sadness amidst the Coronavirus global pandemic. The three main mosques in the area, Northampton central mosque at Abington Avenue; Al Jumaatul mosque at St Georges street and Northampton mosque and Islamic centre at Clare street will remain shut alongside other Islamic places of worship throughout the Holy month.
Member and Treasurer of the Al Jumaatul mosque, Abdul Ali said in a statement “It’s one thing to close down the mosques here in Northampton, but to close down the grand mosque in mecca and the prophet’s mosque in medina, these are the two most holiest places and have never missed Ramadan prayers in over 1,500 years. And this year they are shut the feeling of this holy month has been lost, it’s like Christmas without seeing your family. Muslims all over the world are sadden by this but we’ve got to accept this, peoples health are the most important things”.
This comes following the Easter weekend period, where Christians have had to find alternatives and be resourceful, including even the Pope carry out Sunday mass via video link.