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Even Though We Are Apart, This Eid We Will Be Together In Our Struggle

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23.05.2020

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I have always viewed Ramadan as a way to earn the day of Eid. A day of celebration; where families come together, too much is consumed, Eid prayer is done in congregation and maybe a short trip to the funfair to entertain the kids also takes place, with the staple evening activity for my family being a trip to the bowling alley. I would like to gloat that last year my team won.

For me, over the last few years, Eid prayers in our local park, where over 106,000 Muslim men and women turned up last year to pray together in congregation is the best part. As a huge community with so many shades and different opinions it can be difficult to constantly be one, but Eid prayer each year makes me realise the strength of unity in our community. Standing within a sea of these people, who are dressed in their finest clothes, with chaotic children still running around as a drone flies up ahead and we all follow the imam in prayer, my mind and heart feels at peace.

In the time of Covid-19, this congregation would be beyond irresponsible. In a statement, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan said: “As ever, everyone’s number one priority must be to help save lives and celebrating Eid at home is the best way to do this. We use this holy day to........

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