The 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar is under way and that means Eid al-Adha 2020 is fast approaching.
Eid al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
It’s the second main Eid event of the year.
Whereas the earlier Eid al-Fitr means ‘festival of breaking the fast’ and marks the end of the daily fasting through the month of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha means ‘festival of the sacrifice’.
It honours devotion to Allah/God as was demonstrated by Ibrahim when he was commanded to sacrifice his own son, Ismael. He was about to obey when he was shown a ram to sacrifice instead.
Strict lockdown rules meant there were no public celebrations allowed for Eid al-Fitr. Mosques and parks were closed and no gatherings for prayers could take place.
But the easing of restrictions means more activity is allowed for Eid al-Adha because mosques reopened earlier this month.
At Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre in Birmingham, Eid prayers and sermons have been organised.
GLMCC officials confirmed there will be be no mass gathering in Small Heath Park for Eid al-Adha this year. Around 60,000 usually attend the annual prayers and festivities.
GLMCC chief executive Kamran Hussain said: “We will be holding Eid prayer in the mosque.
“We are expecting a decent turnout so have arranged six separate congregational prayers and sermons, starting from 6am through to 11am.
“People will only be in the mosque for 20 to 30 minutes so this allows for adequate time between the prayers for people to arrive and leave without clashing.
“We are also requesting registration to ensure that we control the numbers at each prayer.”
The Eid al-Adha prayers will take place at the mosque on Friday, July 31 – the first and main day of Eid al-Adha this year.
The separate prayer times are as follows:
- 6am – 1st Jamat / Congregation
- 7am – 2nd Jamat
- 8am – 3rd Jamat
- 9am – 4th Jamat
- 10am – 5th Jamat
- 11am – 6th Jamat
People can register here to book one of the slots.
Mosque officials are asking worshippers to bear in mind the following points:
1) Ensure that you have registered for an Eid Salaah ticket with a designated time.
2) Have your email ready on your mobile device (or printed ticket) before entering the masjid.
3) There is a one way system in place, please keep your shoes with you at all times.
4) Have your prayer mat and face mask at hand before you enter the masjid.
5) No children under the age of 12 will be allowed.
Men will enter through Doors H and F (Morrisons side), women will enter through Door E (Clock tower entrance).
Mr Hussain explained: “Our normal Covid precautions will remain in place, such as social distancing in the mosque, facemasks, individuals bringing their own prayer mats, a one way system, minimal periods spent in the mosque, no hugs and handshakes etc.
“We have also advised for children under 12 to remain at home, along with those who may be ill or vulnerable.
“The reopening of the mosques for daily congregational prayer and Friday prayers has gone very well. Everyone coming to the mosque has been extremely flexible around the ‘new norm’ arrangements and we haven’t had any issues to date.”
And he added: “As with Eid Al-Fitr, this will be a very different Eid. Eid is a time for celebration, family and worship. We want everyone to enjoy themselves on the day and have tried to make things as easy as possible for everyone but we need to ensure we take the necessary precautions to protect everybody.
“The Muslim community in Birmingham has done exceptionally well in adhering to the Public Health guidelines to date. The community has been extremely patient during Ramadan and the previous Eid, recognising the need to adhere to the health and safety guidelines for the greater public benefit.
“The number of infected and deaths in Birmingham is much lower than originally forecast by Birmingham City Council’s Public Health department, which is testimony to this.”
Other local mosques are also expected to be holding Eid prayers.