GLMCC Celebrates Eid al-Adha 2023 with Spirit of Sacrifice and UnityAssima Alam
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) is delighted to announce the celebration of Eid al-Adha, one of the most significant festivals in the Islamic calendar on Wednesday 28th June 2023.
Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, is observed by Muslims worldwide to honour the faith and devotion of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) – peace be upon him – and commemorate his willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The occasion serves as a reminder of the importance of selflessness, gratitude, and compassion towards others.
GLMCC has always been at the forefront of promoting the values of peace, harmony, and community service. This year’s Eid al-Adha celebrations aim to bring people together, strengthen bonds, and create a sense of unity within the community.
The festivities will kick off with a special prayer, to be held at Small Heath Park on the morning of Eid, with an expected turnout of thousands. People are expected to arrive from 7.30am with the prayer beginning promptly at 8:30am.
The prayer will be followed by an inspiring sermon highlighting the significance of Eid al-Adha and its underlying message of sacrifice and generosity. Other activities at the park will include the regular Robert Wilkinson funfair, after the prayer.
There will be wet weather contingency for prayers indoor at Green Lane Masjid, if the weather does not permit prayers to be held outside. There will be five separate congregational prayers for the indoor contingency, due to the large number of people expected. Indoor prayers will run from 7:00am through to 10:00am. Further details will be provided closer to the time.
Furthermore, Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre will be organising various charitable initiatives in alignment with the spirit of Eid al-Adha. These initiatives will include
- Overseas Qurbani: Our Task Force GLM team is organising ethical Qurbanis in various countries across the world, and is dealing with local suppliers within these international countries, to help local economies flourish in poverty-stricken regions. The meat from the Qurbani will go to the poor who can’t afford the luxury of meat in their already sparse diet. If you wish to order your international Qurbani, please visit the Task Force GLM website.
- Day of Arafah Iftar (breaking of the fast): The day of Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah – Friday 8th July) is the day before Eid and a day that the Muslim community is encouraged to fast. We will be arranging a simple onsite Iftar for anyone fasting on the day and hope to feed up to 400 people, God willing.
- Revert Eid Dinner: Though Eid is a time of great joy, it can be a lonely time for new Muslims who may not have any Muslim family to enjoy the festivities with. Islamwise, our revert support wing will be hosting a community lunch where new Muslims will come together to enjoy delicious food, fostering a sense of togetherness and goodwill. Contact Islamwise for more information.
- Eid Gifts to children in hospital: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is reported to have said “Give gifts to one another, you will love each other”. The GLM team will be visiting sick kids in Birmingham’s Children hospital to hand out gifts. This is so that those children who can’t enjoy Eid as other children can, will still feel loved and not forgotten.
- Local distribution of Qurbani meat will be carried out two days after Eid and the following week, to hundreds of people in need. These projects are in partnership with Islamic Relief and Human Appeal, emphasizing the importance of sharing blessings and caring for the less fortunate members of society.
Mohammed Saeed, Chair of Trustees for GLMCC commented, “This occasion serves as a reminder for us to recognise God’s blessings and embrace the values of sacrifice, compassion, and unity. We look forward to coming together, extending a helping hand to those in need, and celebrating the blessings bestowed upon us as a community.”
GLMCC invites individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to join in the Eid al-Adha celebrations and experience the warmth, hospitality, and spiritual enrichment offered by the Muslim community. The event promises to be a warm and memorable occasion for all.
For more information about the Eid al-Adha celebrations at GLMCC, please contact Haniya Aadam – Haniya@greenlanemasjid.org
We hope and pray that everyone, whatever day they celebrate, has a wonderful and enjoyable Eid.
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre
20 Green Lane
Birmingham, B9 5DB
Tel: 0121 713 0080
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is a leading UK mosque situated in the heart of Birmingham serving the community since 1979. Operating from its award-winning grade II listed Victorian building, GLMCC is committed to fostering unity, spirituality and community development. The institution provides a range of religious, educational, youth, social and humanitarian services to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
For more information about our work and services visit: www.greenlanemasjid.org
Or access our annual report at: 2021 Annual Report