(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today encouraged Muslims across America to share photos and videos that highlight “what they are grateful for” as they and their families celebrate theEid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) holiday while observing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAIR plans to compile photos and videos highlighting the unique ways in which Muslims are observing Eid-ul-Fitr at home or outdoors while staying safe. Participants may submit photos at CAIRNewsroom.com/QuarantEID or tag @cairnational in posts with the hashtag #QuarantEID.
“We encourage Muslims across America to celebrate this unique Eid holiday together by using #QuarantEID to share photos and videos highlighting what they are grateful for as they observeEid under these unique and difficult circumstances,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
On or about Sunday, May 24 ,* 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 remain closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
[ 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.
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).”
Every day (M-F), CAIR hosts a live 30-minute “Daily Dose: COVID Conversations with CAIR” at 3 p.m. (ET) on Facebook featuring spiritual leaders, health care professionals, counselors, experts, community advocates, and CAIR leaders from around the country.
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.