Wishing Ramadan Kareem to Hartlepool’s Muslim community

Published Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Hartlepool Borough Council is sending its best wishes to the town’s Muslim community ahead of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

Muslims are also reminded to be generous and increase their charitable activities during Ramadan – as a result, much charitable giving is done by the community.

Gill Alexander, Chief Executive of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I want to wish Ramadan Kareem to all our Muslim friends in Hartlepool as you are about to embark upon a month of prayer and reflection.

“I know it will be challenging to you not being able to gather together in prayer, but I hope Ramadan 2020 provides you with spiritual sustenance in these worrying times.”

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, added: “The suspension of services in mosques will make Ramadan feel very different for our Muslim community this year.

“Ramadan is usually a time for Muslims to gather with friends and family in mosques to break the fast, pray together and share in this special moment.

“Staying at home is going to be very difficult and I want to take this opportunity to send my best wishes to you all at this special time.”

Farhan Ali, External Affairs Secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Hartlepool, said: “I’m very grateful to Hartlepool Borough Council for their warm wishes at this challenging time.

“Ramadan will undoubtedly be different for us this year with no congregational prayers, but we have an important job to do by staying at home and we are encouraging our congregation to enjoy Ramadan alongside their family members.

"Everyone at Nasir Mosque is incredibly grateful to the wide range of key workers across Hartlepool working tirelessly to keep us safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.”