Eid Milan event at Headingley celebrates community
Yorkshire Cricket hosted its first-ever Eid Milan event at Headingley Stadium bringing people from different cultures and backgrounds together to celebrate community.
The event, attended by more than 200 guests, included a number of community groups, dignitaries, religious leaders from a number of faith groups and members of staff from across the Yorkshire Cricket organisation.
The special evening began with a recitation from the Holy Quran by Imam Qari Asim MBE from Makkah Mosque in Headingley, who then spoke with guests about the significance of Eid Milan in the Muslim faith, on Tuesday, 17 May.
He said: “This time Eid was even more special because after covid, after two years of separation, isolation one way or another, we could actually come together and hold each other in our arms.”
This time Eid was even more special because after covid, after two years of separation, isolation one way or another, we could actually come together and hold each other in our arms – Imam Qari Asim MBE, from Makkah Mosque in Headingley
Speeches on the evening included Beeston and Holbeck councillor Gohar Almass and Maroof Khan, Director of Business at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC).
Mr Khan said: “What does Eid Milan mean to me. Growing up in the beautiful and wonderful country of India it meant celebration, it meant happiness, it meant sharing, it meant caring.
“For me this great club is my family so I’m happy I’m part of this wonderful day, celebrating Eid Milan with you, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and my colleagues from the community.”
Pictured, Maroof Khan, Director of Business at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
While Lord John Mann and the UK’s first female Muslim Mayor Naveeda Ikram also spoke on the night.
Lord Mann said: “This is for everyone this cricket club. We are not going to have any barriers to any community of any kind here.”
Former Mayor of Bradford Naveeda Ikram said: “It’s clearly been a very delightful night and we can all feel the positivity across the board.
She added: “Standing up to racism, islamophobia, bullying, any kind of phobia is never easy. It takes one person to do that, and we as a community have to stand behind that.”
As part of the celebration’s food was served alongside live entertainment and there was also a cutting of the cake celebration.
Mo Hussain, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager at YCCC, said: “Eid Milan for me is very special. It’s about connecting, it’s about showing respect and love and celebrations.
“I think the night has optimised that in lots of senses, it’s a real community gathering.
“The word Milan actually means to come together, to connect, and tonight not only has the whole Yorkshire cricket community come together, but all families and communities have.”
& stay tuned to Yorkshire Cricket social media channels for more content from the special celebration.