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FIREFIGHTERS will be building bridges with Muslims across Teesside during their holiest month.

The service wants to use Ramadan, a month of fasting and abstinence in the Islamic calendar, to send out a message of fire safety.

Pocket prayer cards carrying information about home fire safety visits have been distributed throughout the community, and it is hoped hundreds of homes will be assessed.

Firefighters will offer advice on fire prevention, install smoke alarms and replace potentially dangerous appliances, and it is all free.

More than 2,000 credit card-sized copies of the Tasbeeh-e-Taraweeh, a special Ramadan prayer, will be given out between now and the middle of September.

Pav Rehman, the Cleveland brigade's community safety advocate, said: "We work closely with the Muslim community in Teesside because cultural, religious and language barriers can prevent vital community safety messages getting across.

"This year during Ramadan, with the help of local religious elders, we've developed the Pocket Prayer for Ramadan cards. They are the same size as a credit card, and have the Tasbeeth-e-Taraweeh on the front and details of how to book a free home fire safety visit on the back.

"People can keep their cards on them to remember to recite the prayer in the evening and stay safe during the observance."

You can have a free home fire safety visit, where firefighters will offer tips to stay safe and if necessary replace smoke alarms. To book your visit call 01429 874063.

Translation of the Tasbeeh-e-Taraweeh: Exalted is the Possessor of the hidden and the manifest dominion.

Exalted is the Possessor of Might, Greatness, Reverence, Power, Pride, and Majesty.

Exalted is the Master, the Living, the one who neither sleeps nor dies.

All perfect, All holy, Our Lord and the Lord of the angels and the soul.

O Allah, grant us refuge from the Hellfire, O Granter of refuge, O Granter of refuge, O Granter of refuge.


RAMADAN MESSAGE: Pav Rehman with the brigade cards
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2009
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