Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew celebrates Eid Al-fitr with the local community in Aston on Wednesday. Ayew celebrates Eid in Aston, alonside Benin striker and club mate Rudy Gestede.
Ayew and Gestede gathered with members of Birmingham’s Muslim community to celebrate Eid.
For the community, it was quite welcoming to see these well-paid stars break bread with people who are obviously, not as wealthy or as popular as them.
The footballers who are both practising Muslims were pictured on social media in traditional attire with fellow worshipers in the Aston area.
Ayew and Gestede did this of their own free will because they are entitled to stay at home to bring in Eid.
We would still recall that Jordan Ayew’s father, Abedi Ayew Pele once hosted Muslim Black Stars alongside his three sons at the close of the day in his home during the Ramadan fast.
Ayew and Gestede are expected to be back to training on Thursday as Aston Villa begin intense pre-season under Roberto di Mateo for life in the Championship. But it looks like Ayew might move before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
About Eid and Ramadan
Eid means ‘festival of the breaking of the fast’. Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer.
For all of the ninth month of Ramadan, followers of Islam have to endure daily fasting from early in the morning – a couple of hours before sunrise – right through to sunset. They also have to abstain from food, drink, smoking, sex and sinful behaviour during that time. It’s meant fasting for 19 hours a day in what has been the toughest Ramadan this century.
Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.