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“My religion means everything to me” – Q&A with Lamin at Willowbrook

Lamin is a resident at our Leicestershire brain injury rehabilitation home, Willowbrook. Having the choice and support to practice his religion is top priority for him and is a part of his daily routine. We had a chat with him to find out how he’s been supported to follow his religion during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Lamin stood with his gifts from Eid Al-Adha

Adapting to change

Hello Lamin! We understand that while you were in lockdown, practicing your religion has been quite different, could you tell us what’s changed and how you’ve adapted?

“I have continued to do my prayers in my room at the normal times that I would usually do them. I always make sure I complete my regular daily prayers.

“The big change has been my Friday congregational prayer, Jummah. I normally do this at the mosque with others and sometimes my family. Sadly, I haven’t been able to do this due to the Coronavirus, but I have been able to complete these prayers in my bedroom using my visual prompts for Qibla to ensure I pray in the correct direction.”

When Lamin first arrived at Willowbrook, staff helped him locate Qibla. This is the direction Lamin must face when completing his prayers, facing towards Ka’bah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The team put up photographs of the Ka’Bah in his room to help guide where to lay his prayer mat.

Supportive prompts

It sounds like you’ve adapted well to this difficult situation. How have the support workers at Willowbrook helped you?

“Staff printed a local prayer time chart so I know when I should be praying.  This is kept in my bedroom and in the communal areas as I use this as a prompt to complete prayer on time.

Continue reading Q&A here.

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