(WASHINGTON, D.C. – 5/22/20) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed Congresswoman Debbie Dingell’s (D-MI) introduction of a U.S. House resolution marking the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and celebration of the Eid al-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) holiday that takes place this weekend.
The full title of the House resolution reads “Recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, commending a month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and extending best wishes to Muslims in the United States and across the globe for a joyous and meaningful observance of Eid al-Fitr.”
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Led by Rep. Dingell the resolution’s original co-sponsors include: André Carson (D-IN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Judy Chu (D-CA), Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).
“CAIR welcomes the introduction of this U.S. House of Representatives resolution marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and celebration of the Eid al-Fitr holiday,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “We thank Congresswoman Dingell and the other representatives who joined her in extending best wishes to Muslims in the U.S. and across the globe celebrating Eid al-Fitr.”
[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 al-Fitr activities.]
During Eid al-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 al-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.
At the start of Ramadan, CAIR welcomed Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Carson, Omar, and Tlaib’s (D-MI) introduction of U.S. House Resolution 940 “Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan.”
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.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, email@example.com