Birmingham City Council has announced its Ramadan and Eid plans during lockdown.

The council says certain mosques will have the call to prayer played through external speakers for two minutes at lunchtime today (May 22nd) for Jummah. It's also the last Friday of this year's Ramadan.

The call will also be permitted for two minutes on Eid day for afternoon prayers.

This follows a number of requests received from some of the city’s mosques and queries raised with some members, as communities prepare to celebrate Eid.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities

Elsewhere, health leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have reminded people to stay safe during the Eid-al Fitr celebrations - the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, which comes at the end of Ramadan.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, Clinical Chair at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group and a city GP said:

Muslims have shown great resolve throughout Ramadan and the coronavirus pandemic, adapting to a different way of life by attending virtual gatherings and live streaming religious services to their homes.

Professor Azhar Farooqi

The leaders have also reminded the public of the current government guidelines for celebrating Eid in England.

  • Perform prayers at home, connect virtually with others

  • Buy and exchange gifts using online and postal services

  • Enjoy home-cooked or take-away meals at home, connect virtually with others

  • Do not go to the mosque, as they are closed and community gatherings are not permitted

  • Do not visit family and friends in their homes

  • Do not gather in a group of more than two, with people who are not from your household.