Staying healthy during Ramadan

At Barts Health, WeCare about Staying Healthy during Ramadan. In 2020 the Ramadan will take place between the evening of Thursday 23 April and end on the evening of Saturday 23 May and is followed by the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

The practice of fasting is an important part of Ramadan. This involves the complete abstinence from food, drink and smoking between dawn and sunset over the month. It’s also a time for self-reflection and evaluation.

The Covid-19 pandemic will mean what is traditionally a communal time when families can come together will be different this year. Such congregational acts of worship have been suspended this year to combat the spread of the virus. Please spend #RamadanAtHome and see the useful advice provided by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).

It’s important to remember that there are several exemptions allowed to fasting. Those with increased risk of contracting COVID-19 should consider alternative options. These include those who are unwell due to conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or those who are on medication, pregnant or elderly.

Eid Al-Fitr

The month will end with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr which is due to be marked on the 24 May, subject to the sighting of the new moon. It's traditionally a celebration involving meals, parties, and visiting family and friends and attending special prayers in mosques. 

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown measures, including social distancing will mean that this year alternative celebrations are being organised, including prayers at home, virtual calls with family and the sending of presents by post.

Please see our Head of Chaplaincy at Barts Health, Imam Yunus Dudhwala, discuss how to celebrate Eid this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

NHS services are still operating both online or over the phone instead of face to face. Please don’t hesitate to contact NHS 111 online or over the phone if you are a member of your family are unwell.  It’s important that you don’t delay seeking treatment.

Speak to your clinical team if you or a member of your family is receiving treatment at this time and you have any questions.

Resources

Advice for people with diabetes on how to stay healthy during Ramadan can be found on the Diabetes UK website. There are also factsheets available in several different languages. 

The Trust aims to encourage people to fast safely, our Muslim chaplains are on hand to support, educate and advise patients and staff. 

If you need to speak to an Imam for specific advice, please contact our Muslim Chaplaincy Service:

  • The Royal London and St Bartholomew's hospitals on 020 3594 2070
  • Newham and Whipps Cross hospitals on 020 7363 8053