This weekend (May 23/24) sees the end of the holy month of Ramadan and as such we would like to wish all of our Muslim communities Eid Mubarak (Blessed festival).
Whilst the UK Government has continued the lockdown with some restrictions partially relaxed, the changes have not altered any position with regards to faith communities. We would therefore encourage that those looking to celebrate Eid (festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan), do so whilst following these restrictions and guidance from Public Health England.
Mosques and other religious buildings are to remain closed until further notice, therefore Eid Salah (prayers) should not be organised in Mosques or public places. Eid celebrations should look to be conducted at home with only members of that household.
We would encourage families and friends to use social media applications to help connect with each other.
Inspector Keith Chambers, who is in charge of policing for the west of Derby City area, said: “My officers and I would like to thank all those that have been complying with the restrictions.
“We know that these have coincided with some important festivals and events, including Easter, VE Day, the local Caribbean Carnival and Ramadan, times when we understand that families and friends like to come together.
“So, I would now urge that we all continue to remain patient and continue to comply with the Government guidance.”
Mufti Hafiz Fazal Ahmed Qadri, Chief Imam at the Jamia Mosque, Derby, said: “Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic this Eid should be a time spent at home with immediate family.
“The government guidelines are there to protect us all and currently restricts us from holding events, gatherings and congregations inside or outside the Masjid (Mosque), parks or open spaces. Meeting friends is also restricted.
“The community has been very supportive and have acted with considerable responsibility and we ask that this continues over Eid.”
All the latest Government advice and restrictions can be found here.