Birmingham welcomed a record-breaking 106,000 Muslims on Sunday June 25 for Europe’s largest Eid celebration - the day to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Celebrate Eid took place at Small Heath Park, where men, women and children gathered for morning prayer before enjoying festivities such as fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting, as well as food and drink from local food stalls.
Organised by Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre (GLMCC), Celebrate Eid is now in its seventh year and has grown in popularity since the first major event in 2012, when 12,000 people attended. Last year’s event brought 88,000 people to the city to take part in the celebrations.
A spokesperson for Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre, said: “This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity. We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.
“We’ve been working for months with five local Mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.”
During Ramadan this year, worshippers at GLMCC raised £435,000 in a single night for international humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal, which comes just weeks after it handed over a cheque for £1.2 million. The money will go directly to the Saving Syria project, which is raising funds for orphans in the war-torn country. The money was raised on the 27th night of Ramadan last week (June 21), which is called Laylat al-Qadar - or Night of Power.
Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said: “It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid; the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe. As well as tragedy throughout the holy month of Ramadan, there has been unrivalled generosity. British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe. This Eid we celebrate the generosity of the Muslim community.”
More than 100 people volunteered to help clean the park when the celebrations ended.
To learn more about the Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre’s initiatives, visit http://www.greenlanemasjid.org/
PR By Clive Reeves PR Birmingham