We know how important Ramadan and Eid are for all our Muslim communities. This year, Ramadan takes place between 12 April and 12 May. Like last year, it will be affected by COVID-19 restrictions and so it will be practiced differently to make sure everyone is safe and remains healthy.
Our 2021 Haref Ramadan prayer calendar is available as an online version only. We are not printing any calendars due to the difficulties of distribution and because Mosques and community organisations, like everywhere else, are closed. The calendars contain safe fasting information, tips on managing diabetes, what you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines, and managing your glaucoma.
As part of Ramadan, Muslims will be following a month long fast which will mean they will not be eating food, drinking liquids or smoking from dawn to sunset. Anyone with serious health issues, frail, pregnant or on daily medication/ medical treatment are not expected to fast.
How Haref is sharing the calendars this year
Like last year, we are asking the mosques to distribute the calendars by email to their community members so they can look at these online or print them in their own house, if they have a printer. We are asking the same from any other services we normally give the generic calendars to. You can email and share the calendars online rather than display them in a community facing building. Please add them to websites, information bulletins or share through social media.
We have worked with 10 mosques over the last 2 months to get the right prayer timetables for their individual calendars. We have also worked with NHS Integrated Covid Hub North East, Glaucoma UK and Diabetes UK to get the right health information relating to fasting.
Haref will be sharing the calendars and key 'staying safe' information to all the mosques, and they are available to download below.
Mosques in Gateshead:
- Al Farqan Masjid Gateshead
- Al Hadi Gateshead
- Aulia Allah Masjid Naqshabandi Gateshead
- Gateshead Muslim Centre
- Shah Jalal Masjid and Islamic Cultural Centre
Mosques in Newcastle:
- Heaton Mosque & Islamic Centre
- Madina Masjid Newcastle
- Newcastle Bangladeshi Association
- Newcastle Bilal Mosque and Islamic Centre
Mosques in North Tyneside:
- Madina Masjid Community Centre Blyth
- North Tyneside Bangladeshi Association
- Whitley Bay Islamic Cultural Centre
We appreciate your support in helping to share this information with our communities.
Key information from the Muslim Council of Britain about Ramadan and COVID-19
The Muslim Council of Britain has the latest guidelines and advice for Muslims fasting during the month of Ramadan to help them make the most of the blessed month. This information is also useful for the friends, neighbours and colleagues of Muslims. They have also produced a Mythbusting video about the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
Safe Ramadan At Home Top Tips from Muslim Council of Britain
While restrictions are more relaxed for Ramadan 2021 with some activities allowed in the mosque compared to 2020, for many of us we will still largely be observing Ramadan from home. Therefore, it is very important to carefully plan our Ramadan activities from home to ensure we and our families gain maximum benefit from the month. Consider:
- Online – Stream Islamic sermons, taraweeh or other services to your home, either pre-recorded or live.
- Prayers – Organise prayers including taraweeh at home as a family and pray as a congregation in the home.
- Virtual Iftars – Arrange virtual iftars with extended family and the community through the many online video calling facilities available, listen to the maghrib adhan and break your fasts together
- Plan food – Plan your iftar menus in advance so that you can limit multiple shopping trips and limit exposure given social distancing measures.
- Drink well – Hydrate well for the long work days. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, headaches, lack of focus/concentration.
- Energy foods – Eat high energy, slow burn foods for suhoor (starting your fast) – It is important that you remain energised throughout the workday, especially as we can experience heightened levels of anxiety during these times.
- Breaks – Take regular breaks to reflect and take time for yourself.
- Mental Health – Life can be full, and we try to fill it with more worship during Ramadan. Sometimes it is quality over quantity.