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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr

September 10, 2010

On Friday September 10th, 2010, following the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.

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 Ramadan 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 Ramadan. In keeping with the ethic of generosity, Edmonton’s Muslim communities will be making contributions to the Edmonton Food Bank of collected food items collected as well as a cash donation. In addition to this annual local tradition, this year our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan.

20 million people have been affected, of whom 4 million are children. Lacking food and clean water, those affected also face the prospect of numerous infectious diseases. Without our help there is a risk of an epidemic just around the corner. Let us join hands and do our part. Until September 12th, 2010, the Government of Canada will match every dollar we contribute. Please visit www.cbc.ca/pakistanrelief and make your contribution.

Locally the organizers of PROJECT 5000 having been working closely with Islamic Relief Canada, which has its teams on the ground. There is a pressing need for the following:
• Hygiene Kits
• Shelter
• Water Purification Systems

Cheques can be made out to Islamic Relief Canada.

The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities is an umbrella organization representing ten different Muslim organizations within Edmonton. Created in 2002, its mission is to speak and act on behalf of Edmonton Muslims 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) 903-1653
Ahmed Elsayed, Communications Portfolio, ECMC (780) 340-5750
Nazia Islam (VP, IFSSA) (780) 905-7939


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