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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha

November 25th, 2009

Edmonton Muslims will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha on 27th November. It is one of two festivals and also the oldest of religious festivals celebrated by all Muslims around the world. 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-ul-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. Eid al Adha is, therefore, also referred to as the “festival of sacrifice”.

Edmonton Muslims will mark the Festival of Eid-ul-Adha by holding traditional Eid Prayers in the morning. Please see below for the Eid prayer times and locations. On Wednesday, 2nd December, there will be a commemoration of the Eid, at the Alberta Legislature building hosted by Honourable Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the House.

Compassion, kindness, generosity, charity and good deeds which form the ethos of Islam have a special significance at this time and on occasions such as these it is especially important for the communities to focus on helping the less fortunate in the communities around them. Towards this end Edmonton Muslim Communities will be making a donation to the Edmonton Food bank.

The Muslim community has had a long standing relationship with the Boyle Street Centre and, as part of this on going tradition, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities and the Islamic Family and Social Services Association will host their 8th annual dinner at the Boyle Street Centre for the Homeless on Sunday, 6th December. The dinner generally serves up to 1,000 disadvantaged inner city men, women and children.

There are approximately 800,000 Muslims in Canada with an estimated 45,000 Muslims in the Edmonton region. The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities is an umbrella organization representing nine Edmonton-based organizations. 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, Chair, ECMC: 780-903-1653
Khalid Tarabain, President, Canadian Islamic Centre: 780-909-1275

For further information, please also visit the web site of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities at www.theECMC.com.


Eid-ul-Adha Prayer times and locations:
Edmonton Islamic Academy 14525 - 127 Street 9:00 AM, Friday, November 27, 2009
Contact: Khalid Tarabain: 780-909-1275

Edmonton Expo Centre (Northlands Sportex) 7300 - 116 Avenue 9:45 AM, Friday, November 27, 2009
Contact: G. Nabi Chaudhary: 780-430-8852


Boyle Street Dinner Service:
Hot Dinner for the Homeless 12:00 Noon, Sunday December 6, 2009
Contact: Sofia Yaqub, Tel. 780-465-2992


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