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Ramadan: A message to communities from the South Wales Police & Crime Commissioner & Chief Constable

Last Updated: 23/04/2020

Ramadan is a vitally important time of spiritual renewal for Muslims everywhere and in South Wales for many years it has also been a time of community - when all of us enjoy the hospitality of Muslim friends at Iftar.   This year will be different because of the constraints caused by COVID-19 when so many of our normal daily activities have been disrupted and limited because of the vital priority of keeping people safe, avoiding infection and protecting the NHS.  Since the start of the outbreak it has disrupted significant celebrations for different religions – including Easter for Christians, Passover for Jews, Vaisakhi for Sikhs and now Ramadan for the Muslim Community – giving us fresh grounds for mutual understanding and solidarity in the communities of South Wales. 

At this time we offer our condolences to families who have lost relatives and loved ones during the Covid-19 outbreak.   Some of them have been victims of the outbreak while many members of our Muslim communities have been the heroes on the front line, putting themselves in danger as doctors, nurses and care workers and in other front-line professions including the police.  So we join you in sympathy as you remember in your prayers those you have lost - and remember too those who continue to work for us on the front line of the battle against Covid-19.

But in 2020 Ramadan itself is as important as ever so as Police Commissioner and Chief Constable we offer our sincere good wishes for Ramadan to the Muslim Communities of South Wales. We are grateful for the advice of the Muslim Council of Wales on how communities can continue to observe Ramadan, so……..

  • We hope you will use video and social media calls to share the Iftar meal with family and friends - despite eating separately
  • We wish you well in making the most of the prayers and spiritual events being organised virtually by the mosques
  • Please use social media to reach out in friendship to others in your communities and to offer help digitally
  • And please check in on elderly and vulnerable relatives and friends from a safe distance.

Social isolation can be challenging especially during a sacred time such as Ramadan so we hope you will make use of the many initiatives to connect virtually such as through Radio Ramadan Cymru launched by the Muslim Council for Wales (www.radioramadhan.cymru/).

We look forward to a future in which we will be able to share a meal together once more but in the meantime please accept our best wishes.

Alun Michael, Police & Crime Commissioner


Matt Jukes, Chief Constable

 




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