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Muslims across Fife and the world are preparing to celebrate Eid this week as the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end.

According to moon sightings from Saudi Arabia, the end of Ramadan will be between May 12 and May 14.

Islam’s holy month has seen Muslims fasting from dawn until sunset in preparation for Eid.

Also known as Eid al-Fitr, celebrations will mark the end of Ramadan’s fasting and the start of a new month, Shawwal.

Many of the usual festivities, including large indoor gatherings with extended family and friend, for example, are still not possible this year as the country strives to minimise the spread of the virus.

However, COVID-19 safe Eid prayers at the mosque and meals consumed outdoors are amongst the ways in which many Muslims will be able to celebrate Eid safely this year.

Guidance ahead of celebrations has today been released by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) including tips to celebrate a safe Eid.

Top tips from the MCB to enjoy a safe Eid:

  • Wash, wear your best clothes and wear perfume
  • Pay Zakat Al Fitr in advance and preferably online
  • Eat something sweet for breakfast
  • Avoid indoor gatherings with people outside your household or bubble
  • Perform Eid prayer at the mosque (if not high risk or unwell) or at home
  • Meet outdoors with friends/family in groups of up to six, or alternatively, virtually
  • Remember frontline workers and those who have lost loved ones
  • Enjoy a home cooked dinner at home or meal consumed outdoors

 

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