The BAME Network (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) would like to wish all our Muslim colleagues and friends, Eid Mubarak.
This year Eid is predicted to start on Saturday evening, 23rd May 2020, after the sighting of the new moon and may vary in different countries.
Shamala Govindasamy, Chair of the BAME network said:
“As mosques are still temporarily closed due to lockdown, Eid celebrations will be slightly different this year.
“We can however still share in the blessings of Eid from the safety of our homes, whilst upholding our community spirit and spending time with family.
“The ending of the Holy month of Ramadan is a joyous time as families, loved ones and communities come together to celebrate following Ramadan, a month of abstinence and dedication to Allah.
“Community spirit and remains strong, and this unity is important at this trying time. “Eid Mubarak to all!”
Here are some simple tips for how you can have a blessed Eid during lockdown:
The blessings of Eid don’t begin on Eid morning; they begin the night before Eid. In the midst of your Eid preparations, take the time to make a long du’a that Allah accepts your Ramadan efforts, and it won’t be rejected, in sha’ Allah.
Some of us may have lost loved ones in the last year, making this the first Eid al-Fitr we spend without them. The night before Eid is the ideal time to make du’a for loved ones who are no longer with us; this will also help us feel closer to them on this blessed day.
Even though you aren’t going to the mosque or leaving the house, take the time to make ghusl. This will make the day feel more special and give you a break from your normal routine during lockdown.
Begin the day by eating an odd number of dates, to show that you are not fasting. This is from the Sunnah and, again, will help you get that essential Eid feeling.
One of the blessings of Eid is strengthening the ties of kinship. In this day and age, you don’t have to leave the house to do that. Hold onto the Eid spirit whilst talking to your family on a video call.
Everyone has had a difficult time over the last few weeks and our friends would surely find it touching to receive a phone call on the day on Eid, or even a voice or video message. It’s more personal and blessed than sending out a group message of ‘Eid Mubarak!’
For more tips on celebrating Eid in lockdown, see this article on Muslim Hands.