Last weekend marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan and millions of Muslims all over the world got creative about how to celebrate Eid without violating social distancing protocol.
A German mosque came up with a brilliant way for its congregation to come together to pray and asked their local IKEA if they could use the store’s parking lot to assemble in.
An epic aerial shot of the IKEA parking lot in the German city of Wetzlar, near Frankfurt, shows people spread across the lot, safely kneeling in prayer.
Eid Mubarak all✨— Abdirahim Saeed (@AbdirahimS) May 24, 2020
Especially to this Ikea branch in Germany.
Local Muslims asked if they can use the car park for prayers in order to maintain distancing per regulations. And Ikea said yes pic.twitter.com/6EDLmjkY9I
The photo elicited an outpouring of positivity from Twitter users who were moved by the gathering.
This is the kind of news I want in my feed. Goodness begets goodness. And if nothing else I am a more hopeful human. https://t.co/6KBp4nr27R— Max Kerman (@Max_Kerman) May 25, 2020
This has made me very happy. Well done, Ikea. And well done to this wonderful community for finding a way to worship together in safety. https://t.co/0mbMBZw9F3— Josephine Liptrott (@JoLippers) May 25, 2020
We are ALL just SOOO much better off when we help and respect one another. Love it ❤️ https://t.co/5oRvUjbi48— Rahim Jung (@rahimjung) May 26, 2020
Wow. This is the love and kindness the world needs now. Eid Mubarak to all celebrating! https://t.co/JU13HvAVHq— carly agro (@SNCarlyAgro) May 25, 2020
And let’s not exclude the witty IKEA jokes the thread inspired:
When some assembly is required, IKEA's got you covered. https://t.co/OjHZYeYWai— D Vanson (@dawn_vanson) May 26, 2020
Big up IKEA— Asim Chaudhry (@AsimC86) May 25, 2020
Even the Mosques are DIY. https://t.co/kGAFp09i9q
I expected them to say;— Steven Taylor (@stevenvoiceover) May 25, 2020
“Sure go to parking space A, then locate space B and insert space C not forgetting to first attach space G through K (on diagram) then dismantle it and reattach space A again.....” 🤪
Whatever your stance toward the furniture giant, the internet has spoken— IKEA did right by the Muslim community.
At first, mosque officials feared the store would deny their request, “…but the store manager didn’t hesitate for a second and said ‘yes, you can pray’,” said Kadir Terzi, chairman of a Wetzlar mosque.
“I was surprised and happy at the same time… The closing prayer with all Muslims in Wetzlar was like a reward for us,” he said.
Terzi said the community had felt isolated this past Ramadan as they observed strict stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic. The opportunity to finally gather was a relief and a gift.
“It was a completely different Ramadan month, without contacts, without visits and without breaking the fast together,” he explained.
Mosque IGMG Wetzlar FATIH CAMII tweeted, thanking the furniture store: “We would like to thank the Wetzlar police, the Wetzlar public order office, Ikea Wetzlar management, brothers, and all who contributed to making this extraordinary holiday prayer possible.”