The prime minister was accused yesterday of discriminating against Muslims as the hasty imposition of a lockdown in the north has sparked anger and resentment in affected communities.
The restrictions, announced less than three hours before the start of Eid al-Adha, prohibited people from visiting others in their homes.
Several Islamic organizations have urged Muslims to observe the new rules, but the measures have drawn criticism in cities of Greater Manchester, eastern Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire.
Boris Johnson has been called “the Grinch who stole Eid” and his government has been accused of targeting the festival. It has been argued that such a late announcement on Christmas Eve would be inconceivable.
Others saw an injustice in allowing people to go to pubs while preventing others from visiting loved ones. Harun Khan, general