(NEW YORK, NY, 05/23/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and more than 20 Muslim organizations unite for a virtual Eid celebration to take place on Sunday to mark the end of Ramadan.
WHO: 20 Plus Muslim Organizations, Elected Officials, and Religious Leaders
WHAT: Muslim Community United Virtual Eid
WHEN: Sunday, May 24, 2 p.m. EST
WHERE: Online Zoom meeting & broadcast on CAIR-NY’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cairnewyork)
CONTACT: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Litigation Director, 646-481-2103, email@example.com
Media is invited and may register using the Zoom Registration link: https://bit.ly/2WUJqGl
The following organizations are participating in the Virtual Eid Celebration:
Muslim Community Forum
United Imam and Ulama Council
Islamic Council of America
Muslim Community Network
Bangladesh American Advocacy Group
Shariah Board of New York
Islamic Foundation of New York
The Yemeni American Association
Pakistani American Youth Service
Masjid Darus Salaam NY
North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC)
Muslims for Liberty
Muslim Political Club
Islamic Civic Association
Foundation of Love USA Inc.
Ansarudeen Islamic Center
Bronx Muslim Center USA Inc.
[*NOTE: Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn until sunset. Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, consult local Muslim communities for the exact dates and times of Eid ul-Fitr activities.]
During the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, Muslims would normally offer public prayers, exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta’atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” In past years, many communities also held multicultural bazaars and other family activities following communal prayers.
The Fiqh Council of North America (a national council of Islamic legal scholars) has called on mosques and Islamic centers to “strictly follow the health and state official guidelines for social gatherings and distancing,” and to hold Eid prayers at home and to “listen to virtual Eid reflections from their local masjids (mosque).”
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.
CAIR-New York is a chapter of 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.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.