(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., 7/5/16) â€“ On Wednesday, July 6, the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) will conduct a Muslim voter registration drive in partnership with the Eid Committee of New Jersey at the Eid ul-Fitr prayers and celebration marking the month-long fast of Ramadan to be held at the Teaneck Armory (1799 Teaneck Road) in Teaneck, N.J.Â
The Eid ul-Fitr prayer will be begin at 8:30 a.m.
The prayer marks the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or â€œfeast of fast breakingâ€ holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying â€œEid mubarakâ€ (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning â€œblessed Eid,â€ and â€œtaqabbalallah taâ€™atakum,â€ or â€œmay God accept your deeds.â€ Many communities also hold multicultural bazaars and other family activities following the prayers.
Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Eid Committee of New Jersey has been hosting a gathering of 8,000 to 10,000 worshipers for the Eid ul-FitrÂ and Eid ul-AdhaÂ celebrationsÂ for 12 years.Â
This year, honored guests will include Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino.
â€œIt is vital that New Jersey Muslims voice their concerns at the polls by voting for candidates that are representative of the diversity and pluralism that our community represents,â€ said CAIR-NJ Executive Director Jim Sues. â€œThe future of our state and country will be decided later this year and we now have an opportunity to ensure it is future that will be good for individuals from all walks of life.â€
CAIR-NJ is a Coalition Partner with New Jersey Muslim Voters Project, a statewide grassroots effort to empower NJ's large and diverse American-Muslim community in public affairs.
SEE: New Jersey Muslim Voters Project
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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