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Thousands crowd into Birmingham park for Eid Mela

Stalls, live music and other activities filled Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park for an Eid Mela celebration marking the end of fasting during Ramadan.

Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham was filled with family activities for Eid Mela
Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham was filled with family activities for Eid Mela Credit: ITV Central

Thousands of people descended on the park for the event, which featured the music of top UK and international Asian music stars among other activities.


Thousands due at Eid Mela celebration in Birmingham

Thousands of people are expected to crowd into Birmingham's Canon Hill Park to celebrate the end of fasting during Ramadan.

The Eid Mela celebration, which starts at 12.30pm, will feature the sounds of top international and UK Asian artists.

As well as marking the end of the fast, the family event is designed to highlight the diversity of the Muslim community in Birmingham, through music, food and sport.

Diabetic Muslims told to seek GP advice while fasting

Muslims in the Midlands who have diabetes are advised to speak to their GP if they decide to fast during Ramadan.

The British Medical Journal has found in a recent study that the change in the eating patterns of Muslims during Ramadan significantly increases the risk of blood sugar problems.

Dr Ather Hussain said: “Islam is very clear, that if a person feels that their illness will prolong or become more severe as a result of fasting, then he or she is exempt from that, and they can fast at a later date. So it is best to get advice from their local GP.”

Ramadan advice for diabetic Muslims in the Midlands

Diabetes UK has offered advice to practicing Muslims living with diabetes, who have decided to fast for Ramadan.

  • If you are taking insulin, you will require less insulin before the start of the fast
  • The type of insulin may also need changing from your usual type
  • Pre-mixed insulin is not recommended during fasting
  • Check your blood glucose levels more often than you normally would
  • When you break the fast, have only small quantities food, and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods
  • Try to eat just before sunrise, when you commence the next day’s fast
  • Before starting the fast, you should include more slowly absorbed food (low GI), such as rice, pitta bread and dhal, in your meal, along with fruit and vegetables
  • At the end of fasting you should drink plenty of sugar-free and decaffeinated fluids to avoid being dehydrated.

Muslim children do not need to fast until they get to their teens.

Concerns for diabetic Muslims during Ramadan

Medical professionals are warning diabetic Muslims about the concerns of fasting from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan.

The main problem for diabetics is the onset of hypoglycaemia - low sugar levels, and hyperglycaemia – high sugar levels Credit: Ryan Remiorz/Press Association Images

Diabetes UK is advising practicing Muslims to consult their GP if they decide to fast.

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that the change in eating patterns during Ramadan increased the risk of severe hyperglycaemia significantly.



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