Eid prayers which attract over 60,000 people in a City park will not take place again this year.
Birmingham’s Green Lane Mosque and Community Centre (GLMCC) said they will be holding soically distanced prayers inside the mosque, as they did in 2020.
Kamran Hussain, CEO said: “We all look forward to our large outdoor Eid gatherings with tens of thousands attending our annual Eid in the Park events.
“In line with the lockdown rules, we will not be running the annual Eid in the Park celebration for Eid al Fitr this year. However, we intend to hold six prayer sittings in the masjid, as we did last year.”
The six separate congregational prayers and sermons will begin at 6am through to 10am on a registration only basis.
Worshippers will only be in the mosque for a maximum of 20-30 minutes, allowing adequate time between the prayers for people to arrive and leave without clashing.
The mosque said in a statement: “We will use a registration system to ensure that we control the numbers at each prayer. Bookings for Eid prayer will not be made available until Eid has officially been announced, and the moon has been sighted. You can download our registration app and register to attend here:
“Eid is a time for celebration, family and worship. We would like everyone to enjoy the day and have tried to make things as easy as possible.
“Our normal Covid operating measures will remain in place, such as social distancing, facemasks, individuals bringing their own prayer mats, a one-way system, closed wash areas, no hugs or handshakes etc. We still also advise those who may be ill or vulnerable to remain at home.
“The Muslim community in Birmingham has done exceptionally well in adhering to the Government and Public Health guidelines to date.
“The community has been extremely patient during Ramadan, recognising the need to adhere to Covid regulations for the greater public benefit.
“The number of infected and deaths in Birmingham and the UK continues to fall, which is testimony to this. We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the guidelines for everyone’s safety until we are out of this pandemic inshaAllah.”
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