This week sees Ramadan draw to a close and Muslims all over the world will be celebrating Eid al-fitr. However, with Covid restrictions the celebrations will look a little different this year.
Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, self reflection and prayer. It typically lasts around three days.
But this Eid Muslims will not be able to greet each other in the traditional way of embracing, hugging and shaking hands.
Under normal circumstances, the day starts with a morning prayer at a mosque and is then followed by family and friends coming together to eat.
Each family have different traditions for Eid. Some might buy new clothes and exchange presents, for example.
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Across the world, Eid al-Fitr celebrations have been taking place in another unprecedented year. With the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, Muslims in countries like the US and UK have been able to come together and celebrate the end of Ramadan.
Whereas, across Asia, some ceremonies have been much more somber as families continue to lose members to the virus.
However, many people took to social media to wish people a happy Eid.
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Families are being urged to stay safe and follow Covid guidelines as they celebrate.
Public Health England and Islamic Relief UK have said people should continue to meet outdoors and limit physical interaction.
Many Mosques have adapted in order to adhere to Covid guidelines.
Undoubtedly, this year’s Eid has been a little different for Muslims in Nottingham.
Many have said that lockdown and isolating has given them a chance to reflect on the past year and how they can improve in the next.
Umar Khan, the vice president of the Islamic Society at the University of Nottingham, says that “isolating during this ramadan has allowed me to put things into perspective and I am much more appreciative of the smaller things in life now”.
“Ramadan has allowed me to become much more grateful” Umar khan – student
Umar believes that there are still modern day challenges that Muslims face while celebrating Ramadan.
He believes that education to Islam is the key to helping to overcome this challenge.
Umar further stated that his family are already making plans for next years Eid.
As Eid draws to a close there is certainly hope that in the near future Muslims will be able to celebratetogether as coronavirus restrictions begin to ease.