Manchester Muslims Mark New Hijri Year with Drive-in Ceremony

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Members of the Greater Manchester Muslim community marked the new hijri year in a unique drive-in-cinema style event while maintaining safety procedures.

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Mohebban Al Mahdi Youth Foundation (MYF) hosted the 10-day event at the AJ Bell Stadium car park.

The ‘Muharram Drive-In Mujalis Series’ came as COVID-19 pandemic forced new health guidelines that had some noticeable effects on many Islamic occasions such as Ramadan and hajj.

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For many, the event has been the first religious festival they were able to celebrate with their community this year after both `Eid Al-Fitr and `Eid Al-Adha were held indoors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We really appreciate what the organizers have done to set this up,” Muhammad from Cheetham Hill told Manchester Evening News.

“We had plans to commemorate this event before this, we were always going to teach our kids how the Islamic new year is brought in.

“But it wouldn’t have been the same when you see how people come together to commemorate it in person. It’s different from when you do it yourself at home.

“COVID has changed everyone’s life, not just how we work, shop or go to school but even our religious gatherings.”

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