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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr

September 29th, 2008

Muslims all around the world will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008, following the fasting month of Ramadhan. Eid-ul-Fitr is a unique festival. It has no connection with any historical event nor is it related to the changes of seasons or cycles of agriculture. Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance. It is a day of forgiveness, peace of the congregation, fellowship, and unity. Muslims celebrate not only the end of fasting, but also thank God for the opportunity of having experienced Ramadhan and receiving the Barakah (Blessings) of the Holy Month.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors the festivities surrounding Eid. Compassion, kindness, generosity, charity and good deeds – which form the ethos of Islam – have a special significance at the end of Ramadhan. In keeping with the ethic of generosity, Edmonton Muslim Communities will be making donations to the Edmonton Food bank of food items collected and also a cash donation.

Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities and the Islamic Family and Social Services Association will also host their 7th annual dinner at the Boyle Street Community Services Centre on Sunday, October 26th 2008. The dinner generally serves over 1,000 disadvantaged inner city men, women and children.

"Boyle Street has had a longstanding relationship with the Muslim community in Edmonton” says Julian Daly, the Executive Director of the Boyle Street Community Services. “The Eid celebration meal they provide for our homeless clients is a tangible evidence of the Muslim community's compassion and care for people living in poverty. This reaching out through the generous Eid meal, provides our clients with hope and a delicious and much appreciated meal."

In the words of the late Larry Shaben, “There is no better charity than to put smiles on the faces of those who cannot provide for themselves.” Larry was a stalwart leader who led by example and will be particularly missed by the Muslim Community.

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:

Masood Peracha, Chairman, ECMC: 780 487 1516, Cell: 780 903 1653
Mohib Samnani: 780 964 2944
Shayda Nanji: 780 464 0166

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