Sample Eid ul-Adha Mosque Open House Media Advisory
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LOCAL MUSLIMS TO HOLD MOSQUE OPEN HOUSE
Event to feature food, tours and exhibits for people of all faiths
WHAT: On January ___, the Muslim community in [name of local community] will celebrate the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with a mosque open house. The open house is scheduled to coincide with the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), or “festival of the sacrifice,” which comes at the end of the pilgrimage. At the evening event, people of all faiths will be able to sample foods from around the Muslim world, take a guided tour of the mosque and browse through informational displays of books and other items explaining the basics of Islam.
Eid ul-Adha commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God’s command. The holiday is celebrated with the prayers, small gifts for children, distribution of meat to the needy and social gatherings. During this holiday, Muslims exchange the greeting “Eid Mubarak” or “blessed Eid.”
(Each year, more than two million Muslims go on Hajj. There are [number] of Muslims in [local community], an estimated seven million in America and some 1.2 billion worldwide.)
WHEN: January ___, [Time Period]
WHERE: [Address and Directions]
COST: Free of Charge
CONTACT: For information, call [local contact].
NOTE: Because this is a house of worship, reporters and photographers of both sexes should dress modestly. That means no shorts for men or short skirts for women. Female reporters and photographers may be asked to put a scarf over their hair while in the actual prayer area. Photographers are advised not to step directly in front of worshipers and to ask permission for close-up shots.
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