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Eid prayers at Croke Park ‘symbol of religious unity during pandemic’

Holding Eid prayers at Dublin s iconic Croke Park sports ground is a powerful symbol of religious unity during the pandemic, an Islamic leader has said.The 82,000-seater Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) stadium is synonymous with Irish identity.Two hundred worshippers wearing face masks and surrounded by empty terraces rolled out their prayer mats on a manicured grass pitch normally used to host major Gaelic football matches.Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, from the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, delivered part of his speech in Irish and paid tribute to Ireland s tradition of welcome and inclusivity cead mile failte .He said: This pandemic has brought with it some blessings. If not for this pandemic we probably would not have been here. If it was not for this pandemic our communities would not have been united. We understand as humans we are in this together and we are having the same challenges. Croke Park was made available by the GAA to facilitate social distancing on a special religious day for Muslims.Leaders of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths in the city attended, as well as a senior representative of the Irish Government.Such a beautiful and incredible day in Ireland. Muslims performing #EidulAdha prayers led by @DrUmarAlQadri in the historical @CrokePark@officialgaa


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