As Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims will be getting ready to celebrate Eid ul Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is an incredibly important month in the Islamic faith as it’s a month of fasting, prayer and spiritual reflection. For Muslims in Hackney and across the world, Ramadan would have been observed very differently this year due to the current Covid-19 pandemic and with the UK being in lockdown.

Whilst Eid is often characterised by celebrations with friends and family, as well as special communal prayers, this will not be possible due to government guidance. From Easter to Passover, faith groups have had to observe their religious celebrations at home in recent months with places of worship being closed. 

In order to protect one another and to have a safe Eid, Hackney’s mosques, parks or other public spaces cannot be used for Eid ul-Fitr prayers or any other forms of gathering.

There are a number of organisations who have created online services specifically for Eid ul Fitr, including the East London Mosque which will be broadcasting special Eid messages in different languages on the day.

Sources of guidance and information

Additional advice on coronavirus, as well as guidance on how to observe Eid ul Fitr this year can be found on The Muslim Council of Britain’s website, and on the Council’s coronavirus pages.

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