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Thousands of Muslims urged to vote amid concerns about Ramadan election

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Thousands of Muslims are being urged to register to vote in messages from imams across the UK at Friday prayers.

Backed by the anti-racism and civil rights campaign, HOPE not hate, the British Muslim Forum (BMF) has asked hundreds of mosques to encourage voter registration in their message at the weekly service.

Hundreds of imans will include a call to vote in their Friday message todayReuters

The election falls during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan and concerns have been raised about the effects on Muslim voting.

BMF spokesman Imam Qari Asim, of Leeds Makkah Mosque, said: ‘Although Ramadan is going be a busy time for us, the spiritual upliftment experienced during this month inspires Muslims to be active citizens.’

He added: ‘Voting is a hard-won right and we must not miss the opportunity to exercise that democratic right. The result of the General Election must be down to choice,

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