With the Islamic month of Ramadan coming to an end this weekend, we know many of our residents will be preparing for Eid al Fitr celebrations. However, with social distancing guidelines still in place to tackle coronavirus, we are urging our residents to celebrate in a different way this year.
Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks followed by parties and gathering with friends and family. The measures put in place by government to stop the spread of coronavirus mean that Eid will be different this year, and with large gatherings still prohibited, we are encouraging our residents to celebrate at home with members of their household.
Although you can now go outside more often and meet one person only in public, keeping two metres away from others outside of your household remains vital to stop the spread of coronavirus. Please do not gather in a group of more than two people if you are not from the same household. This includes group prayers outside, for example in parks and other open spaces, even if social distancing is observed between worshippers. Gatherings of more than two people are still prohibited by law.
In line with government guidance, mosques will remain closed until further notice. You should continue to pray at home and must not invite anyone outside of your household for prayers. Technology will play a key part in staying connected with family and friends this year, with video calling software such as Zoom allowing people to hold virtual celebrations.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “I know that Eid will be different this year as the need to stay at home as much as possible and to socially distance, remains in place. However, it’s also clear that the special focus we see during the holy month of Ramadan on prayer, reflection, community and charity has continued across Tower Hamlets. I hope everyone has a safe and happy Eid this weekend.”
For further guidance on how to celebrate Eid safely this year, please see guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain.
You can also find useful information on performing the Eid prayer at home from the East London Mosque.
Posted on Thursday 21st May 2020