Barking & Dagenham Muslims celebrated their Eid day with communal morning prayers at Barking Park. The prayer was conducted by Imam Imran, who told the congregation, “Although this is a day of great happiness and enjoyment let us not forget fellow human beings all across the world who even on this day are in great pain.”
The Imam called on the Muslim congregation to fulfil their responsibilities to serve humanity by engaging with all parts of the wider community. He added, “It is essential that we engage with young, old and all faiths and none. This is our community and our planet and we must all learn to live together and work towards a brighter future for the generations to come.”
Approximately 500 people packed into the Eid prayers at Barking Park. Zoinul Abidin was there with his family. He said, “On this special day I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to everybody and our thoughts are with the pilgrims performing the Hajj. It is good that the community can get together on occasions like this and I would urge everyone to continue this spirit of togetherness and engage more and more with our communities, especially the needy and vulnerable.”
Also present at the prayers were Councillors Shahed Ali, Faruk Choudhury and Kashif Haroon alongside LBCA Chair Anhar Uddin, Secretary Mollik Shakur Wadud, Secretary Kalam Sheikk, Mahmud Hussain, Mumidul Islam and Moklisur Rahman.