North Bristol NHS Trust celebrates Eid
Friday, 14 July, 2017
North Bristol NHS Trust staff celebrated Eid earlier this week in Southmead Hospital’s Sanctuary.
The event was open to everyone regardless of religion or belief, to find out more about Islam and take part in the celebration.
Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for Muslim communities across the world. Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting to increase Muslim’s piety. Many Muslims wake up early and pray either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations.
This year Eid was held on Sunday, June 25, however the celebration was held later as many staff members of Muslim faith have been spending Eid with family and friends.
Rafiqul Alam, who is the Imam and volunteer chaplain at the Trust said: “We held this celebration so that staff can engage with different cultures. The celebration was open to everyone. We wanted to share our happiness and engage with everybody. Islam has beauty and is a religion of peace. We wanted to spread this peace with the community and in the workplace.”
During Eid, money is given to the less fortunate, special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
North Bristol NHS Trust’s facilities services manager Mobin Malik, who co-organised the event said: “Thank you to the Trust for providing the facilities which enable employees of Muslim faith to pray. The Eid celebration in the Sanctuary was an opportunity to meet people of other faiths, provide information and knowledge.”
Muslim prayers are held in the Sanctuary every Friday at 1pm for patients, staff and people in the community.