Local Muslims get ready for EID celebrations

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July 16, 2015 8:15 AM

Muslims around the world will soon be celebrating EID, a three-day holiday that follows their holy month of Ramadan.

“During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a strict fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace making. It is a time of intense spiritual renewal for those who observe it,” said Muzzafar Ahmed, public relations secretary for Lloydminster’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. “At the end of Ramadan, Muslims throughout the world observe a joyous three-day celebration. It is a time to give in charity to those in need and celebrate with family and friends.”

Ahmed says before EID, during the last few days of Ramadan, each Muslim’s family gives out donations to the less fortunate in the forms of rice, barley, dates and other foods to make sure they can have a holiday feast and take part in the celebration. On the first day of EID, the Muslim community gathers early to start the fair, which consists of a sermon followed by a quick congregational prayer.

After the prayer Ahmed says they usually gather to visit with family and friends, exchange gifts and give well wishes to one another.

“It’s just a thank you to God because after one month of fasting by Ramadan, it’s a thank you to God to eat and wear new clothes and go with less fortunate people and get them together in our houses and any other activity that we do in our home.”

Lloydminster’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community will be holding their EID celebration at the Wild Rose Pavilion on July 18 beginning at 10 a.m.

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