An Eid message from youth worker Mahmood

An Eid message from youth worker Mahmood

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With Eid approaching, our youth worker Mahmood has got this message to share with the young people who normally attend our youth centres across the city and celebrate this time.

Eid Mubarak. Hoping you’re safe and well.

This weekend sees Ramadan draw to a close, and the beginning of Eid Al-Fitr with Muslims all over the world celebrating. I’d like to share a few key messages with you. Keep safe!

Eid marks the end of a month of fasting from dawn to sunset.

Muslims are not only celebrating the end of fasting, but also thanking Allah for the Qur’an, which was first revealed towards the end of Ramadan and for the strength Allah has given them to exercise self-control throughout the previous month of fasting. Remember social distancing and go outdoors with household members only and connect with others virtually.

 Pay Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana) before the Eid Prayer is read for each member of the family which this year is set at £4.00 per person. This is a compulsory donation given to a charity or to a poor person who is in need so they too can celebrate the Eid Festival. Wash and wear your best clothes and use perfume!

The day will start with prayers and a big meal is usually the main event. Now is the time to enjoy a home-cooked dinner or a take-away meal to be eaten at home. Please do not share food with your neighbours and extended family – it’s really important we don’t spread the virus!

In UK for the first time in modern times – the Eid Prayer will be offered at home. This is because the mosques are closed!

Lots of people normally celebrate Eid by exchanging gifts, visiting friends and family. However, this year, we will not visit our family and friends because we do not want to spread coronavirus. Please think about yourself and other people. Keep everyone safe!

Once again – Eid Mubarak from all at Sheffield Futures.

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