RBN Web Desk: General practitioner, television doctor and author Amir Khan has featured in a new video which acts as a reminder on how to celebrate a safe Eid-al-Adha safely. In the film, shot at the iconic East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Khan has reminded viewers of the latest guidance in this regard.
“Everyone should be able to celebrate important religious festivals and Eid-al-Adha is no exception. This year, whether it is hosting smaller gatherings than we are used to, attending prayers at Mosque whilst adhering to the new-look guidance or of course connecting with friends, family and those in our community virtually, the most important point for us all to remember is that there are lots of ways we can make Eid special” said Khan in the video.
Hena Ahmed, a member of the community who features in the video said: “Eid-al-Adha will be different this year, but this won’t stop us from marking the occasion. I’ll be having a barbeque with my children in the garden and although it’s very rewarding to go to the Mosque when you can, I’ll be praying at home.”
Entrepreneur and social influencer Nusaiba Mohammad Timol said: “We’ll be having a small gathering of five with my husband’s parents and whilst it’ll be a little bit sad because we won’t get to do our Eid hugs and see our extended family and friends, it’s more important that we stay protected and safe.”
Those visiting mosques have been reminded to follow the government health guidelines.
Asad Jaman, Head of Assets and Facilities at the Senior official of the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, Asad Jaman said: “The most important aspect is the safety of our worshippers and that’s why we’ve introduced measures such as asking people to make wudhu at home, wear face coverings especially when they are inside the building and bring their own prayer mats.”
Anyone who experiences symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, continuous cough or a loss or change in the sense of smell or taste) should immediately isolate and book a free coronavirus test by calling 119 or via the National Health Service.
Those who test positive for coronavirus, will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to share information about their recent interactions which will help to control the virus and protect friends and family.