(SEATTLE, WA, 8/6/2013) — Some 4,000 Muslims statewide are expected to visit their neighbors on Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8 to deliver Eid ul-Fitr greetings and gifts as part of a statewide initiative by the Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.Â
Muslim community members in the following areas will participate in the project: Greater Seattle area, Bellingham, Tacoma area, Olympia area, Spokane, Vancouver, Tri-Cities, Yakima, Pullman and other major towns statewide.
“I am looking forward to meeting my neighbors and getting to know them,” said project organizer Ahsen Nadeem of Auburn.Â “I'm very excited by the fact that tens of thousands of fellow Washingtonians will get to meet their Muslim neighbors next door.”
About the Eid ul-Fitr holiday
Later this week, the Muslim community in America will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers around the country. (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.)
The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen bonds of brotherhood in the community.
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.” Many communities also hold multicultural bazaars and other family activities on the day of Eid.
Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes at 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 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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