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English Club Opens Prayer Rooms for Muslim Fans

As the English clubs kick off the new season of the EFL Championship, the second tier of the league system, Blackburn Rovers has announced opening special prayer rooms for Muslim fans attending the games in stadium.

The announcement came ahead their first evening game of the season on Wednesday against Hartlepool United in the Carabao Cup.

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“Muslim supporters attending our home game against @Official_HUFC this Wednesday, we understand you will need to observe Maghrib Salaah (Sunset Prayer) at 8:55pm. Please ask a steward for directions as we have made a lounge available to accommodate,” Blackburn Rovers wrote on its Twitter official page.

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The prayers will be led by season ticket holder Hafiz Zayd at 8.55pm just as the second half gets underway.

“Season Ticket Holder, Hafiz Zayd will be leading the prayer at 8:55pm. Our multi-faith room in the Blackburn End won’t be available for this match only. You’ll be directed to the lounge in the Jack Walker Stand if you wish to observe your Maghrib Salaah during the second half.

“All adult Muslims have to observe 5 obligatory prayers every day. For our Muslim supporters we understand observing their prayers is a necessity and we are proud to be able to have the provisions in place to provide this during any event at Ewood Park.”

Accommodating Muslims

The prayer room opened at Ewood Park in 2018 to provide existing staff and supporters with a quiet space for prayer and reflection.

Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made up of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah.

The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn.

The club’s gesture was widely welcomed on social media.