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Muslim Council of Britain releases guidance for celebrating a #SafeEid 2021

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10 May 2021

MCB releases guidance for celebrating a #SafeEid 2021 

Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, is to be marked by Muslims across the world this week, 12 to 14 May, subject to the sighting of the new moon.

The Muslim Council of Britain has today released guidance that includes top tips for celebrating a #SafeEid in 2021. Many of the usual festivities, including large indoor gatherings with extended family and friend, for example,  are still not possible this year as we strive to minimise the spread of the virus.

However, COVID-19 safe Eid prayers at the mosque and meals consumed outdoors are amongst the ways in which many British Muslims will be able to celebrate Eid safely this year.

Commenting, MCB’s Secretary-General, Zara Mohammed said:

“British Muslims have shown great resolve and patience throughout this pandemic, especially during Ramadan for the last two years, as we have adapted to innovative ways of observing the biggest occasions in our Islamic calendar.

“Many British Muslims will have also received their first or second vaccine dose during Ramadan. As we celebrate a #SafeEid, whether vaccinated or otherwise, it is important we continue to take the utmost care when protecting our loved ones and observing public health guidance, whilst looking forward with hope, determination and faith.

“May we also use this blessed day to remember all those who have lost loved ones, our front-line key workers  and pray for a swift and full recovery from the pandemic.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and professional networks.
  2. The MCB’s #SafeEid guidance covers lockdown restrictions in England,  with separate rules for gatherings in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  3. Latest coronavirus advice for Muslim communities can be found online at: www.mcb.org.uk/coronavirus

Photo credit: Cambridge Central Mosque

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