Fasting plays an important role in many major religions and is a central feature in all the Abrahamic faiths. In Islam, adult Muslims, who are able to, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan.
Fasting has been ordained to improve mindfulness of Allah (God) in Muslims’ day-to-day lives. For this reason, Ramadan is a time of prayer and self-reflection, where Muslims are encouraged to read the Qur’an, increase in their charitable giving and in worship. These acts engender a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and restraint, which should continue throughout the year.
As Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr will occur during the projected peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, this guidance includes specific advice to address the implications of this for the NHS.