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Muslim Council of Britain Releases Guidance On How To Celebrate Eid al-Fitr Safely Amidst COVID-19

With lockdown restrictions varying between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, MCB has taken this into account and has issued guidance depending on which nation Muslims are in. 

With lockdown restrictions varying between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, MCB has taken this into account and has issued guidance depending on which nation Muslims are in. 

Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is set to be on the 24th of May – subject to the sighting of the new moon. While this Ramadan marked a stark change and presented unprecedented challenges amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Muslims around the world have adapted and accepted this new normalcy.

In accordance with government regulations, the Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance on how to safely celebrate this holy day while taking into account the lockdown measures in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

With lockdown restrictions varying between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, MCB has also taken this into account and has issued guidance depending on which nation Muslims are in.

For example, Muslims in England who are not self-isolating are allowed to celebrate Eid outdoors with family members (from the same household), although Muslims in Wales and Scotland are required to stay indoors per government regulation.

Harun Khan, MCB’s Secretary-General, stated:

Whilst Eid away from the mosques and from our loved ones is unprecedented and will be a source of great sadness in communities across the country, Muslim communities will adapt and find the best way to still celebrate this holy day whilst aligning to the latest guidance. As ever, everyone’s number one priority must be to help save lives and celebrating Eid at home is the best way to do this.”

While mosques remain closed across the UK along with large gatherings banned, Ramadan and society look incredibly different from past Ramadans. However, as Muslims continue to give towards charity, help the vulnerable, and follow the necessary government regulations to help save lives, Eid will also be a time of change but deep importance: we must continue to adhere to lockdown regulations and help both our society and nation get through this pandemic.

You can find MCB’s Eid guidelines for Muslims in England here, for Scotland here, for Wales here, and for Northern Ireland here.

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