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100,000 Muslims show up at Birmingham for Eid celebrations

  • Published at 10:15 pm June 25th, 2017
100,000 Muslims show up at Birmingham for Eid celebrations
Small Heath Park in Birmingham was full of hundreds of thousands of Muslims on Sunday for what is believed to be the largest Eid celebration in Europe, reports The Telegraph. Organisers said over 106,000 people attended the event this year. Some had travelled to Birmingham from as far as the USA. They took part in the Eid prayers at a congregation at 9am. Armed officers and extra personnel were on patrol after the series of terror attacks in Manchester and London. The Telegraph quoted Amer Ijaz, one of the event's organisers, saying they were "happy that they are here to reassure us". People were seen descending on the numerous stalls and they joined in activity that included fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting. The Celebrate Eid event, hosted by Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre, is now in its seventh year and has seen growing numbers since its first major event in 2012, attended by 12,000 people. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, where Muslims focus on personal reflection and prayer through three types of worship: charity, prayer and fasting. It is followed by another two days of festivity for the global Muslim community, which numbers over 1.6 billion.