Green Lane Mosque announce Eid in the Park and why this year holds special meaning

Green Lane Mosque have announced their annual Eid in the Park celebration will take place this weekend. Eid-al-Adha falls on Sunday, June 16 as confirmed by GLMCC with the festival following the Islamic Hajj pilgrimage.

The Masjid will organise their traditional Eid celebration at Small Heath Park beginning with a special prayer. People are expected to arrive from 7.30am with the prayer beginning at 8:30am.

The prayer will be followed by a sermon and other activities at the park including the Robert Wilkinson funfair. However GLMCC remind Muslims to remember the 'horrific crimes upon humanity' whilst celebrating, in a statement posted on their website they said: "This year's Eid al-Adha celebrations at GLMCC hold a deeper yearning to stand in prayer with the community.

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"We have witnessed horrific crimes upon humanity that have deeply shaken our community, GLMCC hopes to invite people to the prophetic outdoor prayer to worship God, be in remembrance of His mercy and favours upon us, whilst supplicating for those less fortunate.

"Eid al-Adha, comes at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage performed by millions of Muslims in Makkah. The pilgrimage requires dedication in faith, restraint from worldly luxuries, reflection upon one's purpose and relationship with God.

Dr. Abdul-Haqq Baker, new CEO of Green Lane Mosque -Credit:Green Lane Mosque
Dr. Abdul-Haqq Baker, new CEO of Green Lane Mosque -Credit:Green Lane Mosque

"Eid al-Adha is also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, to honour the faith and devotion of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) - peace be upon him - and commemorate his willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

"The occasion serves as a reminder of the importance of selflessness, gratitude, and compassion towards others. Every Muslim worldwide who is able to, offers Qurbani (slaughter of an animal) to feed the needy."

There will be wet weather contingency for prayers indoor at the Masjid. Five separate congregational prayers will be held indoors due to the large number of people expected. Prayers will take place from 6am on each hour through to 10am.

Weather warnings will be confirmed closer to the time, other activities on the day will include ethical Qurbanis to various countries across the world. Meat from the Qurbani will go to the poor who can't afford the luxury of meat, anyone wishing to order international Qurbani can visit the Taskforce GLMCC website.

Day of Arafah Iftar (breaking of the fast) on 9th of Dhul Hijjah (Saturday July 15) is the day before Eid and a day Muslims are encouraged to fast. GLMCC will be arranging a simple onsite Iftar for anyone fasting on the day and hope to feed up to 400 people.

Finally a revert Eid dinner is planned for new Muslims who may not have any Muslim family to enjoy the festivities with. GLMCC's revert support wing Islamwise will be hosting a community lunch where new Muslims can come together to enjoy delicious food and socialising.

This will also be the first Eid newly appointed CEO Dr Abdul Haqq Baker shares with GLMCC. He recently shared his goals to bridge the gaps between communities, on Eid-al-Adha Dr Abdul said: "I'm really looking forward to taking part in the Eid Al Adha prayer and celebrations with GLMCC as it's renowned for it's diversity, atmosphere and being one of the largest religious gatherings in Europe.

"As an integral part of a team that not only participates in this exciting event, but also puts service at the heart of the community, it is a great honour. Whilst we celebrate this great occasion, our thoughts continue to be on the plight of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, as well as those across the globe facing unimaginable persecution."

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