Message from the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner
Ramadan is an important time of spiritual renewal for Muslims everywhere and it is also a time of community. This year will be different because of the constraints caused by COVID-19 when many of our normal daily activities are disrupted and limited because of the vital priority of keeping people safe, avoiding infection and protecting the NHS. The outbreak has disrupted significant celebrations for different religions – including Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi and now Ramadan.
In 2020 Ramadan itself is as important as ever, so as Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable we offer our sincere good wishes for Ramadan to our Muslim Communities. We are grateful for the following advice from the Muslim Council of Wales on how communities can continue to observe Ramadan and remain safe:-
- We hope you will use video and social media calls to share the Iftar meal with family and friends.
- We wish you well in making the most of the prayers and spiritual events being organised virtually by the mosques.
- Please use social media to reach out in friendship to others in your communities and to offer help digitally.
- And please check in on elderly and vulnerable relatives and friends from a safe distance.
Social isolation can be challenging especially during a sacred time such as Ramadan. We hope you will make use of the many initiatives to connect virtually such as through Radio Ramadan Cymru launched by the Muslim Council for Wales. (www.radioramadhan.cymru/).
We wish all our Muslim communities a safe and peaceful Ramadan.
Arfon Jones (Police & Crime Commissioner)
Carl Foulkes (Chief Constable)