Hospital staff celebrate EidAn Eid celebration was held at Airedale Hospital to give staff the opportunity to join together with colleagues, eat some delicious food and to wish one another ‘Eid Mubarak’.
It was organised by Hospital Chaplain Ron Mulligan and was held after the start of the Eid celebrations, to include those staff who had taken leave to be with their families and friends.
Eid al-Fitr translates to ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’ and is traditionally celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the month of Ramadan where many Muslims fast during daylight hours. Eid is a chance to break the fast and join with friends and family through prayer, lots of food, new clothes and gifts.
Staff enjoyed samosas, fruit and traditional music.
Ghulam Rabani, Centre Manager from the Sangat Centre and Muslim pastoral visitor for the hospital, has been involved with Airedale Hospital for 20 years and says: “At the end of Ramadan there is a celebration to say thank you to Allah who has given us the opportunity and help to fast which gives us an experience of the people who are hungry and can’t get food to eat. Also every Muslim who can afford to has to pay a fixed amount to the poor before the celebrations so that they always include those less fortunate. Fasting is not just about starving, it is about your eyes, ears, hands, feet and thinking positive thoughts.”
He explained why an event like this is important: “It’s important to share with all the hospital staff who are not Muslim so they can come and ask questions and we want to involve them in our happiness and share it with them.”
Reverend Ron Mulligan says: “The sense of community in the hospital has always been good and this is a chance to take some time to share some food together, join the Eid celebrations and to understand what this important festival is all about.”