You don't have to be Christian to have the holiday spirit this time of year.
Twenty volunteers from the Muslims Against Hunger Project fed 190 people Thursday at the Morristown Community Soup Kitchen. The volunteers were celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, a three-day Muslim holiday that commemorates the sacrifice of Ibrahim (Abraham).
Feeding the poor on special occasions is an Islamic tradition, said Zamir Hassan, who is a trustee of the soup kitchen.
The Bedminster resident said the Muslims Against Hunger Project also tries to counter the backlash from 9/11.
"One of the reasons we are doing this is to educate people that Muslims are people like me and you. We go to mosque like everyone goes to church and synagogues. . . People just don't know who we are. This is one way to let people know who we are," said Hassan, who is a computer systems integrator.
The event had a festive feel, with balloons and green table cloths. The tandoori chicken and rice palau were big hits.
Hassan said Thursday's lunch crowd was larger than usual because bad weather has put many day laborers out of work lately. Also, seniors on fixed incomes are running low on cash as the month wears down.