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Celebrating Ramadan in Dudley

Each year Dudley council works together with the borough’s communities and partner agencies in marking the holy month of Ramadan and recognising the contribution which cultural diversity brings to the borough.

Fasting information for people with diabetes during Ramadan

If you suffer from Diabetes and intend to fast during the month of Ramadan, please refer to the following information and guidance.

:: more on the guidance from Diabetes UK


Muslims believe that Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down and it occurred in the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. Ramadan itself begins with the sighting of the new moon after which all adult Muslims are expected to abstain from vices including food, drink, gum chewing, tobacco, and sexual contact between dawn and sunset. The spiritual aspects of the fast include refraining from gossiping, lying, slandering and all traits of bad character. All obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of thought and action is paramount as this is an act of personal worship.

Technically, the fast begins each day at dawn, which for Muslims comes nearly two hours before sunrise. Sunrise marks the end of the first period of prayer. Dawn is reckoned as the time when the sun's first light is seen on the horizon, or, ‘when a white cord may be distinguished from a black cord’. Traditionally, the fast is broken with a bowl of soup and a special salad (Fattoush) but the evening breakfast ('Iftar) is often an opportunity for socialising and praying which may go on late into the night.

The month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. The fasting is intended to help reinforce self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity in practicing Muslims. It also reminds followers of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well.

Ramadan in Dudley

Eid and Ramadan message from the Leader of the Council

All of the services provided by Dudley council for residents of the borough are open to all communities equally. During Ramadan the council runs a caring and quality theme:

  • We aim to give a high standard of service to those who need it most, and to treat everyone with fairness, courtesy and respect. For more information contact us on  01384 813068 or 813067.  Alternatively for those who do not speak English call us on 01384 813400.

  • The children’s disability team

    The service supports children and young people aged 0 -18 years and their families where the child has a severe physical, sensory or learning disability or the child has a life limiting condition which seriously affects their daily living.  For more information contact us on  01384 815813.

Ehsas carers team
A carers support group for the Urdu speaking community of the borough.  For more information contact the service on  01384 212 600.
The Apna group
A carers support group for the Urdu speaking community of the borough.  For more information contact the service on  01384 212 600.
Choice based lettings

The way people apply for a rented home in the Dudley borough is changing later this year (2007). For more information contact the service on  01384 814183.

Tenants participation scheme

Members of the team are available to attend tenant's meetings, help local people to establish tenant and residents associations and assist with community projects that may impact on local communities.  For more information contact the service on  01384 815168.

Homecare services

The service helps users by providing personal care needs throughout the day and evening to promote the independence of the individual.  For more information contact the service on  01384 815893