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CAIR: U.S. Muslims to Mark End of 2nd Ramadan Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/7/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said American Muslims are preparing to celebrate thesecondEid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) holiday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video: A Last 10 Days of Ramadan Message from CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad

On or about Thursday, May 13,* the Muslim community in America will celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. Although Muslim communities normally gather in the thousands at local mosques for special prayers, feasts and celebration, mosques across America are maintaining COVID-19 pandemic safety guidelines according to local recommendations and mandates.

CONTACT: Call local Muslim organizations for details about Eid ul-Fitr activities. If there are no known contacts in a particular community, contact the nearest CAIR chapter. GO TO: https://www.cair.com/about_cair/cair-chapters/

[NOTE: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. *Because dates may vary, consult local mosques or Muslim community leaders for exact dates and nature of Eid ul-Fitr activities.]

During Eid ul-Fitr 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.

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 is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

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.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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