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Eid 2023|1444 message from The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI)

On behalf of The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI), we would like to extend our heartfelt Eid Mubarak greetings to the British Muslim community and to all Muslims around the world.

Eid al-Fitr is a time of joy and celebration, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. We congratulate all those who have completed this blessed month with sincerity and dedication, and we pray that Allah (SWT) accepts our efforts and grants us forgiveness and mercy.

As we celebrate this joyous occasion, we must not forget the less fortunate members of our community. It is our duty to share our blessings with others and reach out to those who may be struggling. We encourage everyone to give generously to charity and support those in need.

On the day of Eid, we recommend the following:

  • Attend Eid prayers at your local mosque – women included, or wherever your local community is organising Eid prayers.
  • Spend time with your family and friends. Eid is a time for celebration and togetherness, so make the most of this opportunity to strengthen your bonds with your loved ones.
  • Reach out to those who may be alone or isolated. Eid is a time of unity and compassion, and we should not forget those who may be struggling or feeling lonely.
  • Give generously to charity. The spirit of giving and generosity is an integral part of Eid, so make sure you donate to a charity of your choice and support those in need.
  • Remember Allah (SWT) and reflect on the blessings of Ramadan. Eid is a time to express gratitude and seek forgiveness, so take a moment to reflect on the spiritual growth you have achieved during Ramadan and strive to continue this journey throughout the year.

Furthermore, we would like to acknowledge that there may be differences in opinion regarding the sighting of the crescent moon, which determines the start of Eid. Some may celebrate Eid on Friday, while others may celebrate on Saturday. We respect the valid opinions of all scholars and encourage everyone to avoid condemning or attacking those who may differ from our own views.

It is important to remember that these differences should not let our hearts be disunited. We should strive to maintain unity and respect within our community, even in the face of differing opinions. Let us come together to celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid and cherish the blessings that Allah (SWT) has bestowed upon us.

May Allah (SWT) guide us all to the straight path and bless us with love, peace and harmony in our hearts and in our communities.

The British Board of Scholars & Imams (BBSI)