Hundreds attended Ewood Park on Monday morning – Blackburn say this is the first time in the country a soccer club has hosted Eid prayers on the pitch.
Ahmed Khalifa, 37, who moved from Sudan to Blackburn all-around four months back, stated he was “so happy” to see so quite a few people at the Sky Wager Championship club’s floor.
“Eid for Muslims is something extremely exclusive, collecting all the family members alongside one another. This time, for us in particular, we overlook our kin so much,” he advised the PA news company.
“So it was a really big deal for us to have this team of individuals. So delighted to see all these people there.
“The folks of Blackburn, they all appear like section of a local community, but for me coming new to this city… now I’m feeling like a element of the neighborhood.”
With the holy thirty day period of Ramadan coming to an conclusion on Sunday, Muslims will rejoice Eid al-Fitr for the to start with time with no Covid-19 limits because the pandemic started.
British Muslims have been pressured to notice Covid-19 limitations all through Eid-al-Fitr for the earlier two many years because of to the pandemic, positioning curbs on the usual festivities which include huge indoor gatherings.
On the other hand, this year’s holiday marks the very first due to the fact 2019 to just take place devoid of any limitations on socialising.
“Eid Mubarak from absolutely everyone at Blackburn Rovers,” Blackburn tweeted, along with a movie displaying individuals gathering on the pitch.
“This morning #Rovers became the initial soccer club in the nation to host Eid prayers on the pitch.”
Mr Khalifa explained he is a Manchester Town fan, but extra he will guidance Blackburn as properly.
“Of training course!” he stated. “I know that is the English way to do – every city (has) to assist their workforce what ever their workforce are carrying out, superior or poor.
“I’ll aid them till they make it.”