Kingsley Napley wishes our Muslim Community Eid Mubarak as Eid al-Adha is celebrated around the world.

22 July 2021

Following Eid al-Fitr, which was observed in May this year, Eid al-Adha is the second of two significant holidays celebrated by the approximately two billion Muslims worldwide. The holiday falls on the tenth day of the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar (Dhu al-Hijjah) and can last for about two to four days. The start is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon, and this year it will be celebrated from Tuesday, 20 July to Saturday, 24 July.

While Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, Eid al-Adha, translated from Arabic as “festival of the sacrifice”, commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) devotion to his faith. As a way to inspire devotion in our own lives, Muslims traditionally celebrate the holiday over a special meal shared equally with family, neighbours, and those who are food insecure. Eid al-Adha also marks the end of Hajj, the pilgrimage all Muslims must undertake at least once in their lives to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Whilst our Muslim colleagues and friends celebrate over communal meals and prayer, it is also a time for us at Kingsley Napley to reflect on the importance of observing and respecting the cultural and religious differences of others. We are motivated to make Kingsley Napley a place which is not only diverse, but also inclusive, where all our people feel able to bring their true selves to work.

The UK is home to approximately three million Muslims[1]. As rates of Islamophobic incidents continue to rise around the country[2] and globally, please do take a moment to wish your Muslim family, friends, co-workers, and neighbours, “Eid Mubarak” (“blessed celebration”). It takes all of us, working together to increase our own cultural awareness, competence, and appreciation to combat discrimination in all of its forms.

Eid Mubarak from all of us at Kingsley Napley.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sameera is a paralegal in the Public Law team who has assisted partners and associates in the Public, Criminal, and Regulatory teams on high profile public inquests and inquiries such as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, and regulatory work involving the FCA

 


[1] Office for National Statistics 2018; 2020.

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