BIRMINGHAM – Daring bad weather to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, more than 88,000 Muslims came together on Wednesday morning in Birmingham to celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr and attend special prayer.
“We’re overwhelmed by the turnout for this year’s Celebrate `Eid. Bringing together this many people from across our community, across different faiths, and from around the world to take part in the festivities is incredible,” Waseem Khan, spokesperson for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre, told The Daily Mail.
“We’ve even welcomed families from as far as the United States to celebrate with us,” said Khan.
It is estimated 88,000 attended Birmingham’s `Eid festival, which is thought to be the largest of its kind in Europe.
According to Khan, the special `Eid event took months of preparations. There are around 241,000 Muslims living in Birmingham, according to census data.
`Eid Al-Fitr is one the two main Islamic religious festivals along with `Eid Al-Adha.
After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.
And while traditionally everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.8 million.
In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.