Ramadan 2020: Prince Charles extends wishes to Muslims in UK and around the world

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Dubai - Britain's heir to the throne also pays tribute to Muslims working on the frontline during the coronavirus crisis and all those whose lives have been lost to 'the pernicious virus'.

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Published: Sat 25 Apr 2020, 3:12 AM

Last updated: Sat 25 Apr 2020, 5:31 AM

The UK's heir to the throne, Prince Charles, wished Muslims in the UK and across the world a Ramadan Kareem in a virtual iftar on Friday. 
He said he and his wife Camilla wanted to let people know that "we are thinking of you at this special time of year".
"In different circumstances, this would have been a joyous time of year mosques would be filling with life, families would be coming together to share food and prayers and many of them would be inviting their neighbours and friends, from all faiths and none, to join them," the Prince of Wales said in a pre-recorded video broadcast.
"I can only begin to imagine how desperately difficult and sad this must be for all of you who cherish this special month and everything it normally brings. What has moved me greatly has been hearing all the brilliant work carried out by Muslim volunteers and local initiatives through mosques including working in partnership with temples, churches and other faith groups to support all members of all communities in such a difficult times."

Prince Charles, who last month spent seven days self-isolating after contracting the virus, went on to pay tribute to British Muslims who are spending Ramadan working on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis in "the NHS (National Health Service) or other key roles.
He added: "Most tragically, I know that a number of highly experienced and invaluable doctors and nurses from the Muslim community have lost their lives due to this pernicious virus. To their families and colleagues, I can only convey my deepest possible sympathy, and to everyone on the frontline of whatever religions, I offer my profound admiration and heartfelt gratitude for all that they are doing for all of us."
The virtual iftar was hosted by BBC presenter Asad Ahmad and Senior Head of Mosaic and Community Integration at The Prince's Trust, Dr Nizam Uddin.
It was also sponsored by Islamic Relief UK.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock sent a video message thanking everyone who was participating virtually and thus helping protect NHS and save lives.
He also thanked all British Muslims working on the frontline of the crisis response.
US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson also sent a message stating how Ramadan brings people closer together.
The Muslim world celebrated the first day of Ramadan on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The total number of positive cases in the UK is 143,464, while the death toll was just under 20,000 on Friday.

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