In a video message to mark the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, The Prince of Wales has expressed how he was “utterly heartbroken” by the tragic story of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab who at the age of 13, sadly died alone after contracting COVID-19. The teenager was admitted to Kings College Hospital in London on March 26th and tested positive for the virus the following day.
In his video message Prince Charles said, “I was utterly heartbroken by the tragic story of Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, a previously healthy thirteen-year-old boy, who passed away without the comfort of having his family by his side”. Ismail is thought to have been the first child to die of Coronavirus in the UK and his family were unable to attend his bedside because they had to self-isolate.
Prince Charles continued, “Every bereavement, from whatever cause, is made even harder for families by the current restrictions on funerals. I can only too well understand how agonising this must be for those affected.”
The video message was to mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Muslims also see the time of Ramadan as a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship.
The Prince of Wales this evening shared a message to Muslims wishing them a Ramadan Mubarak at the start of the month of #Ramadan.
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Charles also used his message to praise all Muslim NHS and keyworkers and to sympathise with the families of Islamic doctors and nurses whose loved ones have tragically died from COVID-19. “Under these appallingly challenging circumstances, my wife and I can only offer you all our kindest and most special wishes and stress just how greatly the contributions of Muslims to the life of the United Kingdom is appreciated and valued.”
More than 16% of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus have been from BAME communities, data released this week revealed.
Prince Charles concluded his message by saying, “Many British Muslims, of course, will spend this Ramadan on the frontline of the COVID crisis, working in our NHS or other key roles…. I offer my profound admiration and heartfelt gratitude for everything they are doing – for all of us.”
Ramadan began in the evening of Thursday 23rd April and will end in the evening of Saturday 23rd May.