Eid 2021: Socially-distanced worshippers mark final day of Ramadan

Worshippers around the UK are celebrating Eid with social distancing measures in place as the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close (Picture: PA)

Worshippers are saying Eid al-Fitr prayers today while observing Covid precautions at mosques around the UK as Ramadan draws to an end.

The final day of the holy month is being marked by prayers and low-key celebrations in line with congregations observing social distancing.

The Muslim community has had to adapt to the second year of Covid restriction during Ramadan, when worshippers fast, reflect and support good causes.

While Eid Mubarak has a different face this year, the ethos of celebration, family, worship and charity remains the same, one mosque leader told Metro.co.uk.

The day follows the month-long test of devotion and endurance, which began on Monday, April 12.

In Morden, South West London, worshippers were pictured at Isha evening prayers – one of the five which must be observed every day during Ramadan – at the Baitul Futuh Mosque on Wednesday.

Members of the congregation were shown deep in contemplation at the mosque, which is run by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and is one of the largest in Western Europe.

In Birmingham, Green Lane Mosque and Community Centre (GLMCC) cancelled its annual Celebrate Eid event in Small Heath Park, which has an annual attendance of more than 80,000 people.

Instead, the day was marked with Covid precautions inside the mosque this morning, with six separate congregational prayers and sermons on a registration-only basis.

Worshippers were only allowed inside for between 20 and 30 minutes to allow for adequate time between the sessions without clashing. Hugs and handshakes were ruled out while worshippers were asked to bring their own prayer mats and observe social distancing.

Worshippers observe social distancing during the Isha evening prayers at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, in Morden, south west London, on the final day of Ramadan, before the start of Eid al-Fitr celebrations which mark the end of the Muslim month of fasting. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021. PA Photo. Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr for the second year in a row under Covid-19 restrictions. See PA story RELIGION Eid. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Worshippers observe social distancing during Isha evening prayers at Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South West London (Picture: PA)
Imam Qari, chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, addresses the end of Ramadan ahead of the start of Eid at Leeds Makkah Mosque (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Worshippers at Green Lane Mosque and Community Centre in Birmingham take part in a prayer sitting to celebrate Eid al-Fitr (Picture: Jacob King/PA)

Kamran Hussain, GLMCC Chief Executive, told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have all the restrictions with people coming to the mosque in terms of face masks, prayer mats and social distancing, but Eid is still Eid.

‘The numbers are reduced but the sentiments are still there in terms of community spirit and the fact that it’s the end of Ramadan and people are celebrating.

‘They’ve still been fasting, giving to charity and carrying out other good deeds.

‘Although we haven’t been able to meet in the same way we have in the past when we’ve had the Celebrate Eid event in the park and we won’t go back and meet in large gatherings either, there’s still blessings in the day and people are enjoying themselves.’

Eid has a different face at Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, South West London, this year but the core ethos of family, celebration and giving remain (Picture: PA)
Worshippers drawn from all sections of the community attended Eid prayers at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham for Eid al-Fitr (Picture: Jacob King/PA Wire)
Eid and Ramadan have taken place under Covid precautions at Makkah Mosque in Yorkshire (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Charitable work has still been a major theme of Ramadan this year, with the GLMCC supporting homeless and vulnerable people through its foodbank, which operates from its base in Small Heath.

The mosque’s Task Force also visited Lebanon to distribute food parcels at 20 refugee camps, reaching around 2,000 families. The relief mission included hot food which was organised as a surprise for displaced people suffering destitution, loss and trauma.  

Islamic Relief UK has also been taking part in charitable work, including joining up with Masjid Al Faalah in Birmingham, to hand out more than 500 food parcels at the weekend.

The Chief Executive of Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham has said the day is still a celebration at heart despite the Covid precautions (Picture: PA)
A worshipper observing the end of Ramadan and start of Eid at Leeds Makkah Mosque in Yorkshire (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Zia Salik, interim director at the charity, said: ‘Islamic Relief UK is urging the Muslim community to stay safe during the celebrations and limit physical interactions with others as much as possible due to Covid-19.

‘We must be mindful in our celebrations, and remember that countries around the world are still seeing rising cases of Covid-19. And where we work in north-east Syria, Gaza and Yemen, fragile health systems have been struggling to cope with the demand of patients. 

‘Islamic Relief has been raising awareness about hygiene practices, disinfecting public spaces and health facilities and paying the salaries of doctors, as well as providing much-needed equipment to these areas.

‘Throughout Ramadan, we have reached over one million people with much needed food packs at home and abroad.’

Eid al-Fitr means ‘feast of breaking of the fast’ and is generally celebrated with communal meals. Traditionally, presents are given, new clothes are worn and the graves of relatives are visited.

Because one of the five pillars of Islam is giving to charity – Zakat – many will also celebrate by giving to good causes and helping others.

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