Stormy weather forces cancellation of outdoor Eid prayers in Birmingham
Outdoor Eid al-Fitr prayers in Birmingham, which were planned for Friday morning, have been cancelled due to thunder, rain, wind and a hail warning issued across the region today.
Green Lane Masjid announced that despite the outdoor cancellations the prayers will go ahead indoors at the mosque on Friday (21 April) as there are no plans to reschedule the outdoor prayer sessions.
Earlier plans to host outdoors prayers in Small Heath Park and Edgbaston Stadium were abandoned due to a stormy weather forecast for the West Midlands.
The prayer in Small Heath Park attracts worshippers from across the country and is now one of the largest outdoor Eid prayer gatherings in Europe with over 100,000 people attending.
Due to popular demand, organisers of the event had also arranged spaces at Edgbaston Stadium to host prayers.
However, the wet weather forecast means that plans to host Eid al-Fitr prayers in the park and cricket stadium have been cancelled.
A spokesperson for the Green Lane Masjid, said: “Due to rain forecasted between 7am-12pm (90%) we have made the difficult decision to cancel Eid at Small Heath and Edgbaston.
“We will hold 4 jammats at GLM at 630am, 730am, 830am and 930am. Sisters Entrance – Clock Tower Door E Brothers Entrance – Little Green Lane Door H There will be a one way system in place.
The mosque management also requested worshippers who are coming by car to “park considerately” and “not block driveways or park illegally”.
Free parking has been arranged for worshippers at Morrisons Supermarket which is situated directly opposite the mosque.
Cllr Majid Mahmood also issued a message about the Eid al-Fitr outdoor prayer cancellations: “Due to the rain Eid in the Park at Small Heath Park and Edgbaston Stadium cricket stadium, and all other parks where permission have been granted in the city, are now cancelled.”