A different Eid – Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2020

This year Eid-ul-Fitr was unique and different. For one, it was on the same day around the world, only the third time in the last 30 years that has happened. And Secondly, in a lot of countries Muslims were urged to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid at home under lockdown this weekend.

Traditionally the festival at the end of the month of Ramadan is marked with communal prayers in mosques, visits to friends and big family feasts.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, mosques around the world have been closed, and remained closed throughout Ramadhan except in some countries like Pakistan.

The first time in history, No Eid prayer

Qari Muhammad Asim, senior imam and chair of the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, said it was the first time in British Muslim history that there will no Eid prayer in the UK.

“This is something that was unthinkable six months ago, but today unthinkable has become reality,” he said.

“The Eid prayer is something that people look forward to all day long,” he said.

How Muslims celebrate Ramadan and Eid differs for the first time

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, is a special time for nearly two billion Muslims all over the world.

Palestinians celebrate the third day of Eid Al-Fitr in Gaza City on May 26 2020.
Iraqi women in Basra wearing face masks fearing COVID-19 infection and holding trays of cookies and biscuits for the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr
British-Pakistani and Kashmiri Muslims along with their fellow UK Muslims following the social distancing policy in the Mosques.
Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Dhaka
 Eid al-Fitr prayers outside a mosque in Gaza City
Female Muslims in India offering Eid-ul-Fitr prayers indoors due to Coronavirus lockdowns
Bangor Muslim family celebrating Eid-ul-Fetr in their homes
Muslim family offering El Eid prayers in Mordabad, India

Meanwhile in Nigeria, scores attend mass Eid prayers despite government health warnings.

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