Ipswich’s First Open-Air Eid Al Fitr

Posted on April 2, 2024 by Ruman Muhith

In a landmark event for the community of Ipswich, the serene beauty of Christchurch Park’s mansion lawn will witness a historic moment on either the 9th or 10th of April, depending on the moon sighting, as it hosts the town’s inaugural open-air Eid Al Fitr Salaah, or congregational prayer. This significant occasion marks not only a cultural milestone but also a testament to the spirit of unity and inclusivity that thrives within our diverse community.

For Ipswich, a town steeped in history and tradition, this will be the first time such a gathering has taken place. It’s worth noting the significance of performing the Eid Salaah in an open space, as it follows the Sunnah, or the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), emphasizing communal worship and connection with nature.

Christchurch Park

Christchurch Park

33 Bolton Lane Ipswich IP4 2BX

Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. It extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds right in the heart of the town.

Events with Christchurch Park

What makes this event even more special is its grassroots origins. The idea of “Eid In The Park” has long been cherished within the hearts of the Ipswich Muslim community. However, it took the dedication and vision of a group of friends, alongside the support of Ipswich’s first Muslim councillor in over a century, Councillor Ruman Muhith, to turn this dream into reality. Together, they formed the Eid In The Park Select Committee, a shining example of collaboration and determination.

The committee’s efforts have been met with overwhelming support from sponsors and the community at large. Remarkably, they have achieved this without seeking any funding from local authorities or groups, ensuring that this event is truly by the community, for the community. It stands as a beacon of sustainability and self-sufficiency, reflecting the values of resourcefulness and resilience.

While the Eid Al Fitr Salaah isn’t affiliated with any specific Masjid in Ipswich, the committee’s generosity knows no bounds. A portion of the donations raised on the day will be allocated to support all four Masjids in Ipswich: Ipswich Mosque, Shahjalal Islamic Centre and Masjid, Nawracy Mosque & Cultural Centre, and Masjid Taqwa.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local charity Suffolk Refugee Support, demonstrating a commitment to not only celebrating within our community but also extending a hand of compassion and solidarity to those in need.

More than just a religious observance, this event serves as a powerful symbol of unity, peace, and humility. It provides an opportunity for Muslims from all walks of life to come together, not only to pray but also to connect, celebrate, and reaffirm their shared values. It’s a chance for the wider community to witness the true essence of Islam, one rooted in love, compassion, and inclusivity.

As we gather beneath the open skies of Christchurch Park, let us embrace the spirit of togetherness and gratitude. Let us celebrate our diversity and our common humanity. And let us carry forth the light of unity and understanding, knowing that in coming together, we are stronger, brighter, and more resilient than ever before.

In Ipswich’s first open-air Eid Al Fitr Salaah, we find not only a moment of prayer but a moment of profound significance—a moment that reminds us of the power of community, the beauty of diversity, and the boundless potential of unity.

Who wrote this about Ipswich?

Ruman Muhith

Ruman Muhith is a Labour Councillor for Priory Heath in Ipswich.

No Comments

If comments are open, feel free to leave a comment below. You need to register to comment on posts. We’re all about the love & whilst we welcome your comments, we will not tolerate any abusive language or hate speech. Play nicely, people.

Have your say

To top