Eid Mubarak! Have a blessed Eid ul Adha!
Today we interview Mrs. Anastasia Rizky, a Muslimah living in Japan with her family who shares with us her experience celebrating Eid Adha in the pandemic.
Eid Adha’s Prayer at CICC
Our source joined the prayer at CICC (Chiba Islamic Cultural Center) in Chiba Prefecture. The prayer time was divided into three times, 7 o’clock, 8 o’clock, and 9 o’clock. Prayer space for men is on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floor, while for women is on the 2nd floor. She arrived there at 6:47 and joined the first session of the prayer.
Imam gave a short briefing about how to perform the prayer in English which was then translated to Japanese 5 minutes before the prayer starts.
After the prayer, the imam gave a khutbah for approximately 15 minutes, then people were allowed to go back home. The khutbah was also held in English, then translated to Japanese.
Alhamdulillah, she got cookies and halal-certified amenities as souvenirs distributed by volunteers on the first floor.
Different from the Muslim majority country where the sacrifice/qurban is held in the mosque or spacious field where the prayer is held, sacrifice/qurban in Japan are mostly done in slaughtering places and are not open to the public. CICC accepted qurban procedure collaborating with halal food shop in Gunma prefecture for the slaughtering, which then the meats delivered to your home by frozen courier service.
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Eid Prayer in The Pandemic
Those who want to join the prayer need to wear a face mask and keep social distance. The number of people in a line is adjusted so that people can keep a distance from each other. Our source says that she enjoyed the prayer as well as the celebration atmosphere without any worries as she had an impression that people who joined the prayer have high awareness to maintain infection prevention measurements and great work from the CICC committee in arranging the prayer smoothly.