Incredible photos show hundreds of Muslim worshipers gathered together for a socially-distanced Eid prayer in the IKEA car park.
Social distancing has been one of the hardest parts about the lockdown. One mosque in Germany had an ingenious idea. They asked local IKEA in Wetzlar if they could use their car park for prayer, and the furniture store agreed.
Around 800 Muslims prayed in the massive outdoor space to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Eid is One of Islam’s Major Holidays
The festive begins when the moon rises on Ramadan’s final day, the holy month of fasting. Worshipers gather with loved ones to pray, share meals, and exchange gifts.
Traditionally, communities attend Eid prayers at their local mosques. But this year’s Eid looked so different, due to coronavirus restriction.
The First Day of Eid Varies Between Countries
This is because the sighting on the moon varies in different parts of the word.
And as the coronavirus crisis force mosques to close, many people celebrated the holiday from their homes.
But Muslims in Germany Held Eid Prayer at a Parking Lot
Clearly, it’s the most 2020 way of celebrating the festival. And despite being a bit unusual, it didn’t discourage worshipers from attending.
The Islamic Community Milli Goruş (IGMG) organized the event.
The Organizers Were Grateful for the Opportunity
Taking to Facebook, the group thanked the community, writing:
“We would like to express our gratitude to the Wetzlar police, the Wetzlar regulatory office, to IKEA Wetzlar and others that made this extraordinary prayer possible.”
The mosque’s chairperson said:
“The closing prayer with all Muslims in Wetzlar was like a reward for us.”
Though many places of worship have reopened in Germany, there are still strict social distancing rules.
The Pictures and Videos of the Event Have Been Shared Over 12,000 Times
Many social media users complimented the mosque for finding a safe way for their community to worship together.
One person wrote on Twitter:
“I am not Muslim. I am not a Christian. [Nor] Buddhist. Regardless of my lack of belief/faith in organized religion, this is beautiful. People being safe with each other, and a business seeing that the space they have can be used responsibly to help the local community.”
Another person said:
“In a world often bursting with hate, THIS is a heartwarming day brightener spreading loving kindness out like ripples of water. Thank you for sharing this!”
While a third person added:
“What a lovely gesture. A true sign of hope in these difficult times.”