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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha

December 10th 2007 

Muslims all around the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha on the 19th and the 20th of December. It is one of two festivals and also the oldest of religious festivals celebrated by all Muslims. Eid al Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhull-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic Calendar and marks the end of the annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca.   

Eid Al-Adha commemorates the trials and tribulations of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), and his ultimate test and willingness to sacrifice his son for God. Prophet Abraham is the patriarch of all the three Abrahamic faiths and is revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims. Eid al Adha is therefore also referred to as the “festival of sacrifice”  

Over 2 million Muslims from all over the world will be taking part in one of the largest gathering on Earth, the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. This great annual convention of faith demonstrates the concept of equality of mankind before God, the most profound message of Islam, which allows no superiority on the basis of race, gender or social status. It is the demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God 

The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities invites the media to the official launch of their display on Islam with emphasis on the Hajj and Eid Al-Adha, which will take place at 12.30 pm on 19th of December at the City Hall. The display is part of the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action program at City Hall that gives Edmontonians the opportunity to view the religious symbols of the Capital City’s diverse faith communities. 

There are approximately 800,000 Muslims in Canada with about 70,000 in Alberta and 35,000 in Edmonton.  The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities is an umbrella organization representing nine different Muslim entities within Edmonton.  Created in 2002, its mission is to speak and act on behalf of Edmonton Muslims with fellow Canadians in a manner that protects, promotes, and enhances the understanding of Islam and Muslims in matters of public policy, education, peace and safety. 

Media inquiries and request for interviews may be directed to the following representatives:

Larry Shaben, Chairman, ECMC at (780) 423-3364 or 908 3464  
Shayda Nanji, (780) 464 0166 

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