A BRADFORD Council chief has wished Muslims across the district a ‘blessed’ Eid, adding they have stepped up to the mark to adapt for Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kersten England, the local authority’s chief executive, posted a video on Twitter today wishing the best to everyone in the Bradford district’s Muslim community.

She said Eid follows a Ramadan ‘like no other’ due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs England also had praise for the way the district’s Muslim community has adapted to alter the way it marks Ramadan to meet the lockdown restrictions.

She said: “I want to send my very best wishes to our Muslim families across all the communities in Bradford as they celebrate the momentous festival of Eid.

“This has been like no other with so many restrictions on our daily lives. I just want to say a huge thank you.

“The Muslim community has absolutely stepped up to the mark and worked within these restrictions.

“I hope you have a blessed Eid and have much love between you.”

Eid al-Fitr, also called the "Festival of Breaking the Fast", is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. This religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. It begins tonight and ends tomorrow evening. 

Further online Eid messages have come from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson.

Here is the video Mrs England posted on Twitter: