That decision was not an easy one. “On the one hand, we would have preferred to stay closed, in order to avoid risk. But our mosque is also struggling financially. Normally you have weekly collections, they have not been able to take place for a long time.”
Disinfect and dress at a meter and a half
“The Feast of Sacrifice is very important to people,” Muhsin Köktas, chairman of the Muslim and Government Contact Body, tells Editie NL. “Mosques have been closed for months, including during Ramadan. Mosques have used that time very well to see what may be possible. They have thought very carefully and translated the measures from RIVM to the mosque.”
Muslims worldwide celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice, also known as Eid al-Adha. The Festival of Sacrifice is one of the most important festivals for Muslims. People commemorate the sacrifice of the prophet Ibrahim, who wanted to sacrifice his son for Allah. Just before the prophet could make the sacrifice, Allah replaced his son with a ram. The animal was slaughtered instead of the boy. During the feast, an animal is ritually slaughtered per family to honor this act.
In the Netherlands, the Sacrifice Feast ends on Monday 3 August.