Greater Manchester-based humanitarian aid and development charity Human Appeal recently partnered with Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre in Birmingham to hold the largest Eid celebration in Europe.
Over 106,000 people attended the event, which was held in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, to take part in celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
From strength to strength
Worshippers descended on the park at 8am on Sunday 25th June and prayers began at 9.30am. Afterwards attendees enjoyed an array of activities laid on for the celebration, including funfair rides, laser clay pigeon shooting and mini golf. There was also a bazaar with stalls selling food, drinks, clothing, gifts and more, a soft play area for children, picnic areas and an animal man showcasing exotic species.
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre has been hosting the event since 2012, when 12,000 people attended. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, with people travelling from as far as the United States to take part in the celebrations.
‘Peace and unity’
A Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre spokesperson 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.”
He described the organisers as ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of people of various faiths and the number of people who had travelled from around the world to be a part of the event.
“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,” he added.
A whopping £435,000 was raised in single night during Ramadan for Human Appeal’s Saving Syria appeal, which aims to protect the welfare of orphaned children in the country, which has been engaged in civil war since 2011.
Commenting on the event, CEO of Human Appeal Othman Moqbel said: “It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid; the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe.
“British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe.”
He added that on the religious holiday this year we celebrate the ‘generosity of the Muslim community’.
Eid is one of the most important holidays in the Islamic calendar and marks the end of a month of fasting, self-reflection, self-restraint and giving alms.