Mayor shares Eid greetings

Published Thursday 20 April 2023 at 12:19

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Coun Suleman Khonat, has recorded a video message to share Eid greetings with everyone who’ll be celebrating this weekend.

Eid ul Fitr, one of two major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Mayor Coun Khonat said:

Over the month of Ramadan, we have seen so many people in our communities celebrating together. I know that many people in our borough and beyond have been fasting even though it was not their faith.

“Sharing moments with each other, and enjoying Iftaar together in the evenings, have been fantastic to see and very much appreciated by everyone. It’s these moments of togetherness that make me proud to be part of our community in Blackburn with Darwen.

“Eid is a time of celebration and happiness. Let’s enjoy Eid together in our borough. To everyone celebrating Eid this weekend, I’m wishing Eid Mubarak to you, your families and each one of you.

Watch the Mayor’s video message for Eid ul Fitr.

On Friday 21 April, which will either be the last day of Ramadan or Eid day itself, mosques in the borough have been given permission to amplify the call to prayer between 1.15pm and 1.45pm.

Chief Executive Denise Park commented:

In 2020 our local Muslim communities celebrated Eid during lockdown. To support private prayers within households on Eid day, arrangements were made for mosques to amplify the call to prayer and I know that it meant a lot to our Muslim residents.

“Following a request this year, we’ve again agreed that any local mosques can amplify the call to prayer at lunchtime on Friday 21 April, which will be either the last Friday in Ramadan or Eid day itself, as we know this is of particular significance to our local Muslim communities.

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