The Muslims’ `Eid Al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is one of the most important events in the Islamic Hijri calendar.
Marked on July 31, it begins with special prayers to mark the day. Muslims then offer udhiyah, a ritual that commemorates the great act of sacrifice Prophet Ibrahim and his son Isma`eel.
Coming in the middle of a pandemic, the local Muslim community in Burton have been urged to take precautionary measures towards a safe `Eid celebration.
The measures, which came as a result of discussions between health bosses and the local mosques, include:
- Maintaining social distancing with no handshakes or hugs.
- Praying at home or outside if you can, especially if you are over 65 or have a health condition.
- Do not visit other homes or allow visitors to come into your home this `Eid.
- Wear face masks in all enclosed public spaces
- No more than two people from the same household should meet with another household – either indoors or outdoors
Members of the Muslim community said they will observe these regulations to prevent an outbreak of virus.
“We will endeavor to cooperate and work with all authorities and Masjids,” Zahid Ali, trustees chairman at Princess Street Masjid, told Derby Telegraph.
“We greatly urge everyone to follow the guidelines to beat the virus and save our loved ones.”