Incredible Photos Show Muslims Using An IKEA Parking Lot To Pray Safely While Social Distancing

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.

The photo elicited an outpouring of positivity from Twitter users who were moved by the gathering.

And let’s not exclude the witty IKEA jokes the thread inspired:

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.

via Twitter/ @AbdirahimS

“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.

via Twitter/ @AbdirahimS

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.”

via Twitter/ @AbdirahimS


Susan LaMarca

Written by Susan LaMarca