Last Sunday, the worldwide Muslim community has celebrated the Festival of Breaking the Fast which marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. Traditionally, Eid prayer is held during this event which gathers hundreds of Muslims in open fields, community centers, or mosques to pray. However, the lockdown which was imposed in many countries worldwide has disrupted the plans for the celebration and made people get creative in finding a solution on how to celebrate.
Last Sunday Muslims in Germany held Eid prayer in the parking lot of Ikea
The best idea came to Muslims who are living in Germany and was accomplished with the help from Ikea, that allowed them to hold a socially distanced prayer in their parking lot.
Clearly, it’s the most 2020 way of celebrating the festival and despite being a bit unusual it didn’t discourage worshipers from attending.
Around 700 people showed up to pray together from a safe distance.
The event was organized by The Islamic Community Milli Goruş (IGMG) which came up with this brilliant idea. The organizers were grateful for the opportunity.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the Wetzlar police, the Wetzlar regulatory office, to IKEA Wetzlar and others that made this extraordinary prayer possible,” they thanked in the Facebook post.
As the video of the event was posted online, it quickly went viral. Many people reacted by showing support for finding a way to pray at a safe distance, others expressed a fascination for the stunning view of the prayer taken with a drone camera.