UK football club Blackburn Rovers receives praises for providing prayer space for Muslim fans
English club, Blackburn Rovers, has been praised for providing prayer space for Muslim fans at Ewood Park.
The club gave access to prayer space for Muslim fans to observe Maghrib Salaah (one of the five daily prayers in the Islamic faith) during their Carabao Cup fixture against Hartlepool earlier this month, according to reports.
The Championship side entrusted season ticket holder Hafiz Zayd to lead the prayer at 8:55pm, just as the second-half got underway.
Blackburn Rovers posted: “Muslim supporters attending our home game against @Official_HUFC this Wednesday, we understand you will need to observe Maghrib Salaah (Sunset Prayer) at 8:55pm.
“Please ask a steward for directions as we have made a lounge available to accommodate.
“Season Ticket Holder, Hafiz Zayd will be leading the prayer at 8:55pm. Our multi-faith room in the Blackburn End won’t be available for this match only. You’ll be directed to the lounge in the Jack Walker Stand if you wish to observe your Maghrib Salaah during the second half.
“All adult Muslims have to observe 5 obligatory prayers every day. For our Muslim supporters we understand observing their prayers is a necessity and we are proud to be able to have the provisions in place to provide this during any event at Ewood Park”, it tweeted to explain the significance of ensuring fans have a place to pray during the game.
Football fans across the world were supportive of the initiative.
Mohammad Bin Hamad said: “Your wonderful attitudes with the Muslim community and other communities in Britain makes me one of your fans because of the wonderful societal message you carry. All the best Blackburn to return to Premier League soon, where you are.”
Blackburn Rovers legend David Speedie was among those commending the club for offering space for Muslims to pray during games.
Speedie who was instrumental in the club getting promoted to the Premier League in 1992 said on Twitter: “What a team, proud to play a small part in the fantastic family friendly club.”
Farhan said: “This just oozes class. Massive Respect for the football club! I would happily swap you with Tottenham in the PL.”
Ibtehaz added: “Class act, hope to see you guys at top flight soon. Good luck for the new season”
Ian said: “What brilliant replies. Nothing but support for a small gesture that means a lot to people.”
Earlier this year, they became the first football club in the country to open its doors to local Muslims to host their Eid prayers on the pitch, the club even provided complimentary travel as well as food and refreshments to mark the end of Ramadan.
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