As Eid approaches, Muslims in the United Kingdom are being bombarded with messages to celebrate at home and observe social distancing measures to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.
The stream of advice from government, celebrities, and local health and law enforcement officials has been described by some as patronising, as many noticed a double standard.
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Social media users expressed their disappointment, saying that there were fewer warnings regarding other recent celebrations such as the VE Day anniversary.
Some pointed to a BBC article highlighting the need to stay at home.
“So the BBC has now interviewed Muslim celebrities ‘urging us to stay home for Eid’ yet I still have not seen any official condemnation of the busy beaches this week or the celebration of VE Day. Why are we being treated differently?” tweeted Hasan Patel, a young political activist from east London.
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— Nadiya Jamir Hussain MBE (@BegumNadiya) May 21, 2020