Tuesday's open-air celebration is a first for the Town
Members of the local Muslim community will be holding their first open-air act of community worship in Eastleigh on the town’s recreation ground next week which will be attended by the Borough’s Mayor Cllr Darshan Mann.
The early morning service, called the Eid-Ul-Fitre, marks the end of the Ramadan fasting period and is a celebration as well as an act of worship. Eid Ul-Fitr is an Arabic term which translates as the “feast of breaking the fast” and is celebrated by 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. People traditionally greet each other on the day with the phrase “Eid Mubarak”which means “blessed celebration”.
Traditionally the prayer service would be held in the open air due to the size of the congregation it attracts and in recent years it has been celebrated outside in many towns and cities in the UK. Next Tuesday morning (June 4) will see the payer meeting take place in Eastleigh for the first time.
In a press release Eastleigh Masjid and Islamic Centre (EMAIC) said that as a result of recent global events that have seen religious gatherings and places of worship targeted, members of the congregation were concerned about attending an act of worship in public but worshippers have been reassured by the help and support they have received from Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh BID, 1 Community and Hampshire Constabulary.
A spokesperson for EMAIC commented:
“Despite your background, race or ethnicity, people are free to live in Eastleigh in peace and harmony.”
The celebration is a way to promote peace and well-being and bring people back to everyday life after a long month of self-restraint and religious devotion.
Recreation Ground, Leigh Road Eastleigh SO50 9DF Date: 4June 2019
Time: open from: 8.30am prayer starts 9am