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:
Coventry and Warwickshire
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.