MINAB special bulletin: COVID – 19 & EID UL-FITR
“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” (Qur’an 94:5)
This weekend, Muslims are looking forward to Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Traditionally, Eid is celebrated in mosques with congregational prayers, sharing greetings in open spaces, followed by Eid day meals with families and friends. This year during COVID-19 restriction, Eid-al-Fitr will have a different look.
Mosques will remain closed in light of the UK Government’s announcements since 23 March 2020, in addition to MINAB’s advice calling on Muslim communities to pray from home and not hold communal gatherings.
Mosques and communities across the UK have diligently and responsibly adhered to these guidelines and this has helped in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
While some COVID-19 restrictions have been eased, guidelines regarding places of worship and communal gatherings have not been changed. Concerns remain high that there is a great risk of COVID-19 spreading at communal gatherings.
Therefore, this Eid al-Fitr, mosques will remain closed and Eid prayers will not be held in congregations. Naturally, there is a palpable sense of sadness in the community given that usually mosques are crowded with people on this auspicious day of celebration. However, we must all continue to follow public health advice to protect vulnerable people, reduce the further spread of the coronavirus, and risk a second peak.
- MINAB, in line with its previous statements, strongly advises:
- That Eid is celebrated at home
- Not to hold congregational prayers on Eid day at mosques, parks or open spaces
- Limit visits to family members and neighbours and maintain social distancing.
- Adhere to the meeting one person outside your household in open spaces.
- Adhere to social distancing rules when visiting the cemetery.
The festivities of this Eid can be shared with family and friends through online activities. MINAB appreciates the full support and understanding of the community during such difficult times.
Eid will be different but we will all be stronger in our relationships with one another and in our appreciation of the gift of life when we come out of COVID-19 restrictions.
May Allah Almighty accept our fasts, prayers, charity and spiritual sacrifices, and grant us all relief from coronavirus.