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Tens of thousands attend virtual iftars during Ramadan backed by Prince Charles

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2 days ago John Dunne
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More than 75,000 people have taken part in a series of virtual iftars during Ramadan.

The Naz Legacy events have been held via Zoom, Facebook and Muslim media channels in the UK

The Prince of Wales spoke at the launch, while an interfaith iftar was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Bishop of London Sarah Mullaly and the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

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It comes as stars including baker Nadiya Hussain, TV presenter Konnie Huq and Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray have urged Muslims celebrating Eid this weekend to follow social distancing guidelines.

The festival is traditionally marked with communal prayers in mosques and visits to friends and family but Muslims are instead being encouraged to stay at home and celebrate with their families online.

In a video posted online, Great British Bake-Off winner Hussain said: “Now could not be a better time to put others first”.

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