“I have done this every year of my life,” says one of the visitors to the prayer at Sportpark Riekerhaven. “I was afraid it wouldn’t go through this year, but I’m very glad it was possible.” Another is also happy that prayer continued in its adapted form. “We are living in a difficult time now, it is very difficult for everyone. I am really impressed, really happy to experience this today. ‘
Earlier this week, the congregation called for this edition of the sacrificial feast to be “extra alert” because of corona. Mayor Aboutaleb of Rotterdam even went a step further: he advised against praying in public places.
“Aboutaleb spoke more about the danger,” says ElForkani about it. “If you visit each other a lot, there is risk. We have to take that very seriously. But if you can organize it well, then do it. ”
During the Feast of Sacrifice, it is celebrated that the Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his own son, who could be replaced at the last minute by a ram. During the festival animals are ritually slaughtered, the meat of which is eaten and distributed to the poor, neighbors and relatives.
For the AT5 program We Are Amsterdam Nesrine Madidi surveyed the atmosphere among Muslim residents of the city yesterday. The report can be viewed below: