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Celebrating Eid al-Fitr virtually

22nd May 2020
Celebrating Eid al-Fitr virtually

(Photo: Obaid Ahmed, 36 & Zaynah Ali, 8)

Aishah Ali

Eid al-Fitr is an auspicious occasion meaning the ‘festival of breaking the fast’ marks the beginning of the month of Shawwal.

Muslims pray in congregation in mosques to thank God for allowing them to observe the blessed month of Ramadan and engage in worship and good work. Muslims are required to give to charity for the poor and the needy before the Eid day enabling them to also join in the happiness.

Eid day usually begins with congregational prayers at mosques, followed by meeting fellow Muslims in the community, exchanging gifts, and sharing food. However, this year most countries remain under lockdown measures as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Muslims won’t be able to pray in congregations in mosques and will only have a virtual meeting with their family and friends and wish them Eid Mubarak. They will pray at home and celebrate within the household. A few individuals shared their thoughts and plans under these circumstances.

Hajrija Dergić, 26, Lecturer lives in Wolverhampton said:

“It will be a very different Eid for us this year, with the Eid prayers now taking place at home and online gatherings replacing visits to see relatives and friends, invitations to share food and gifts with our communities all seem but a distant dream. Yet we must count our blessings and appreciate the family and friends we have; we are blessed to experience another Ramadan, and we are so fortunate to be able to spend it in the comfort of our own homes with our loved ones.”

Zaynah Ali, 8, Wolverhampton said:

“Ramadan has been very different this year because we are in lockdown. Normally we would sleep early as we have to go to school, but now we can join our family for iftar and I enjoy this because I can go to bed late. Also, this Ramadan I kept my first fast which was amazing. Eid will be very different compared to last year. I am upset that we will not be able to go to the mosque to pray Eid salah and can’t spend time with our relatives. But this Eid we still plan to bake cupcakes, eat delicious food and play lots of games with my family.”

Abdulrahman Jawad, 31, Accountant, Birmingham said

“Eid is a joyous day, and it is a time when we celebrate the blessings received during Ramadan. I usually begin with prayers at the masjid and then meeting my wider family and friends. However, due to the social distancing measures, celebrations will be considerably different. I plan to pray Eid salah at home with my family. We will miss socialising with other relatives, so we plan to catch up through video calls. Delicious food will still be prepared but not in larger amounts as we don’t anticipate any visitors.”

Obaid Ahmed, 36, Pharmacist, Wolverhampton, said:

“We live in unprecedented times and like every other aspect of our daily lives has had to be adjusted because of the Coronavirus, Eid celebrations will be adjusted too. Where typically we spend the day surrounded by loved ones, often travelling from house-to-house to meet them all, this will not be possible this year. A typical Eid begins with Eid prayers in mosques, and that too will not be possible this year. However, Eid is a celebration and we have much to be grateful for and for that reason we will dress up, make fancy food we usually do and share it with our family. It will be an online celebration, maybe a coordinated visit to the local parks, but it will definitely be a celebration!”

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