Eid Al-Adha 2020 Prayer AnnouncementAssima Alam
28th July 2020
Eid Al-Adha Prayer Announcement
Green Lane Mosque and Community Centre (GMCC) will not be holding the annual ‘Eid in the Park’ event for Eid Al Adha on Friday 31st July 2020 (10th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah). The usual Eid in the Park event held in Small Heath Park attracts an annual attendance of over 60,000 people, which would pose significant risks to the public this year due to Covid-19.
In its place, we will be holding prayers inside the mosque. We are expecting a large turnout so have arranged six separate congregational prayers and sermons, starting from 6am through to 11am. Worshippers will only be in the mosque for a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes, allowing 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.
People can register HERE to attend.
Our normal Covid precautions will remain in place, such as social distancing in the mosque, facemasks, individuals bringing their own prayer mats, one-way system, no hugs or handshakes etc. We have also advised for children under 12 to remain at home, along with those who may be ill or vulnerable.
Eid is a time for celebration, family and worship. We would like our attendees to enjoy the day and have tried to keep things as easy as possible whilst ensuring that we take the necessary precautions to protect everybody.
The day before Eid will be the Day of Arafat (9th of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah), Thursday 30th July 2020. This is one of the greatest days of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and is the day that typically millions of pilgrims from around the World congregate on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia to seek Allah’s (God’s) forgiveness. The Muslim world is encouraged to fast on this day due to the great rewards associated with this day.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins from the past and coming years.” (Muslim)
Green Lane Mosque’s Welfare service will be distributing food packages to some of the vulnerable families in our community to help them fast on the day of Arafah too. For Eid, we will also be delivering Eid food parcels to approximately 100 vulnerable people across Birmingham, including cooked meals. Our tireless team of 15 volunteers including coordinators and drivers will deliver packages to ensure Eid will remain a community event.
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 there have been no issues to date, thank God.
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 guidelines for the greater public benefit.
The number of infected and deaths in Birmingham is much lower than originally forecast by BCC Public Health, which is testimony to this. We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the guidelines for everyone’s safety.
We would like to wish you all a blessed and a joyous Eid.