Because of the pandemic, how we celebrate and mark even the most sacred of festivals has been far from normal by account of social restrictions. Muslim families relied on video calls and other forms of communication to stay connected to mark Eid ul-Adha in 2020/21 and, while it was great that we could at least see our loved ones in some form at the height of a global pandemic, it just wasn’t the same.
Eid ul-Adha 2022, hopefully, looks set to be much different, with all social restrictions being completely removed. This means families will be able to gather inside their homes with no need to worry about how many people are attending.
Since restrictions have eased, UK Muslims should be permitted to enter Saudi Arabia as long as all regulations surrounding COVID-19 are followed.
Since we are in the fortunate position where social restrictions are lifted, Muslims living in England can celebrate Qurbani Eid as they would do any other year. Family gatherings are back on the table both in and outdoors, as is the exchanging of food and gifts.
It is tradition to visit friends and family over the days of Eid, but not before completing morning prayers. As we were unable to come together in 2020/21, there is little doubt that many will choose to make the most of Eid 2022 in the UK.
In light of the lifted restrictions, families and friends can meet inside and outdoors. This will likely mean there won't be the need for video calling loved ones so they are part of festivities. That being said, should more restrictions be put in place, video calls will still come in handy for keeping relatives connected who live on opposite sides of borders.
Whether celebrating with or without restrictions, what is most important is that we remember the meaning of Eid and the giving of Qurbani. We must never forget the sacrifice that Ibrahim (AS) was willing to make for Allah (SWT).
As part of the festival of the sacrifice, it is obligatory to donate shares of Qurbani meat to those who are most in need. Traditionally, Muslims would be expected to carry out the sacrifice themselves, with three equal shares of meat going to the person making the sacrifice, to friends or family, and to the needy.
Due to domestic laws stipulating only registered slaughterhouses are permitted to slaughter animals, Muslims in the UK can fulfil their Qurbani by donating to a charity such as Muslim Aid. We urge you to make your donation as soon as possible, allowing our team of volunteers ample time to complete the sacrifice and distribute meat over the days of Eid ul-Adha.
You can donate for Qurbani through our website today.