Prince Charles wished Ramadan Mubarak to the Muslim community in Britain and Commonwealth in a heartwarming message amid the pandemic coronavirus. He expressed gratitude to the British-Muslims working as frontline workers in NHS, risking their lives to serve coronavirus patients.
Princes of Wales joined the Muslim community in a virtual Iftar to express solidarity with the Muslim community.
Four leading Muslim doctors in Britain were among the first health care workers to lose their lives to coronavirus. Princes Charles regretted the loss of skilled doctors like Amged El-Hawrani and Abdul Mabud Chowdhury in the fight against coronavirus.
A message from Prince Charles at the start of #Ramadan
“Many British Muslims…will spend this Ramadan on the frontline of the #covid crisis, working in the NHS…
“Many Muslim families continue to be cruelly affected by this epidemic”#RamadanMubarakpic.twitter.com/k4F1XrZB2O
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) April 24, 2020
Amged El-Hawrani, a full-time consultant died on March 28th in the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester becoming the first doctor to succumb to deadly coronavirus.Dr. Abdul Mabud Chowdhury passed away on April 8th following a 15-day battle with coronavirus. Alfa Sa’adu and Adil El Tayar have died while serving as a frontline doctors. All these four doctors belonged to Asia, the Middle East, and the African region.
Prince Charles said: ‘Most tragically I know that a number of highly experienced and invaluable doctors and nurses from the Muslim community have lost their lives to this pernicious virus.
While Prince Charles wished Ramadan Mubarak, he conveyed deepest possible sympathy ‘to everyone on the front line of whatever religion, I offer my profound admiration and heartfelt gratitude for everything they are doing for all of us.
‘At the same time, very many are of course particularly vulnerable to this virus, but younger people are being affected too.
‘I was utterly heartbroken by the tragic story of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, a previously healthy 13-year-old boy who passed away without the comfort of having his family by his side, said Prince Charles.
Prince Charles has recently recovered from coronavirus after being tested positive last month. He recovered earlier this month and shared his experience of going through the illness in a video message.
‘Every bereavement from whatever cause is made even harder for families by the current restrictions on funerals’, said Charles in a video message.
While Prince Charles wished Ramadan Mubarak, he also acknowledged that this year Muslims will mark the holiest month of Ramadan under unprecedented circumstances of social distancing and lockdowns due to coronavirus.
"to deny the reality of our inner being leads to an inner darkness, which can quickly extend outwards into the world of nature.
If we ignore the calling of the soul then we destroy nature."
– Prince Charles on Islam and the environment.https://t.co/NB31u9Mekp
— miSbah (@_MisbahEjaz) April 23, 2020
Charles said: ‘As Muslims across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth observe the beginning of the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, this month of Ramadan, I just wanted to convey my heartfelt best wishes to all and to tell you just how much my wife and I are thinking of you at this special time of year.
‘In different circumstances, this would have been a joyous time, mosques would be filling with life, Muslim families would be coming together to share food and prayers and many of them would be inviting their neighbors and friends of all faiths and none to join them.’
Prince Charles even quoted a Quranic verse ‘God does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear’ to uplift the strength of the Muslim community and people of other faiths at a turbulent time of coronavirus.