This weekend Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with the celebration of Eid which this year will be very different because of coronavirus.
Here Mossley’s Cllr Tafheen Sharif reflects on what will be a far different Eid due to Covid-19.
Cllr Sharif writes: “Things are very different for us all, in so many different ways, during these unprecedented times.
“For Muslims around the world, we have just completed the holy month of Ramadan, a significant time for renewal and reflection.
“During this time, families and communities traditionally come together and take part in the breaking of the fast (iftar) and offer prayers in evening at the Mosque (tarawee) with hundreds of others.
However, this year faith leaders across the world have agreed that we must remain at home, safe and sound, within the houses we live in.
“Although it is different times, many Muslims would still have continued to practice the holy month with neighbours of all faiths or none, from leaving meals at the doorstep, preparing meals for the homeless, donating money to many causes (UK Muslims donate more than £100 million during this month every year), and many other acts of kindness.
“Islam teaches us about the importance of the community and to look after one another, to work towards common goals that will benefit us all, and for justice and equality. In these challenging times, these values are more important than ever before as we work together through this pandemic.
“The month of Ramadan follows with a huge celebration of Eid, which takes place this weekend. This is a joyous time for gatherings, congregational prayers and big family feasts, sadly none of which can take place this year.
“Like many others, for the first time in my life I will not be with my parents and family for Eid, and I will find this tough. But the lives and health of others, the protection of our fellow human beings, and to save our NHS, comes first.”
- A VIDEO wishing Tameside a happy Eid has been produced by the local community working with Tameside Council.
Khush Amdid, a local Asian Women’s group, has worked with the council’s arts and events team to produce a short video wishing the community ‘Eid Mubarak’, meaning blessed festival.
The video features families and people from the local Muslim community as well as elected members and council staff.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council executive leader who features in the video, said: “The video is a wonderful reflection of the community coming together in this time of social distancing to share and celebrate this message of goodwill.
“The council supports the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) in their encouragement of a safe approach to celebrating Eid, including staying at home with families within own households and virtual celebrations and prayers so as to protect from the risk of Covid-19. The local community is showing remarkable resilience in these unprecedented times and I want to thank everyone for doing everything they can to protect themselves and others.”