Muslim prayers to be broadcast on BBC Local Radio from tomorrow

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Muslims unable to visit their mosques during the coronavirus crisis can tune into their local BBC station from tomorrow. Qari Asim MBE, a senior imam in Leeds, will lead reflections on 14 stations at 5.50am. This will become a weekly spot, led by a different Muslim imam each week.Chris Burns, head of BBC Local Radio, said: “Many Muslims will feel a void in their lives where prayers used to be – a feeling the will be magnified as we approach Ramadan.“Local radio is all about connecting communities and we hope these weekly reflections will go some way to helping Muslims feel a sense of community while they are isolating.”The stations broadcasting the reflections are:

  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Lancashire
  • Manchester
  • WM
  • Leicester
  • Stoke
  • Derby
  • Nottingham
  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Three Counties
  • London
  • Merseyside
  • Berkshire

The reflections will be available afterwards on BBC Sounds.A Christian service is being broadcast each Sunday at 8am on all 39 BBC local radio stations.