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Muslims In Birmingham Celebrate Eid Amid Increased Security

More than 100,000 people bowed in prayer in Birmingham’s Small Heath park at the start of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday amid heightened security, with armed police present for the first time in Celebrate Eid’s seven year history.

Row upon row of men prostrated themselves to touch their foreheads to the ground, with small boys following the actions of their fathers and grandfathers. Those in wheelchairs and on crutches, the old and the infirm bent as far they could to follow the prayer rituals.

Women prayed in a separate section, often in extended family groups. Some wore niqabs, most wore hijabs, many had hennaed hands and wore their finest clothes. Even babies in strollers were dressed to impress.

Celebrate Eid is Europe’s biggest festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, hosted by t...

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