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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha

November 1, 2010

The majority of Edmonton’s Muslims will be celebrating Eid-al-Adha on the 16th of November, with some communities commemorating the festival on the 17th. It is the oldest of two religious festivals celebrated by all Muslims. Eid-al Adha falls on the 10 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. Eid-al Adha is therefore also referred to as the “festival of sacrifice”.

Edmonton Muslims will mark the Festival of Eid-al Adha by holding traditional Eid Prayers in the morning. Please see below for Eid Prayer times and locations.

On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 there will be a commemoration of the Eid, at the Legislature building, hosted by Hon. Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the House. This is the only legislature which has consistently commemorated this occasion each year since 1998.

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 Community 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 9th annual dinner at the Community Centre on Sunday, December 5 The dinner serves almost 1,000 disadvantaged inner city men, women and children.

There are approximately 700,000 Muslims in Canada with about 100,000 in Alberta and 45,000 in the Edmonton region, according to latest estimates. 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:

Sofia Yaqub, Director of Communications: (780) 465-2992
Masood Peracha, Chairman, ECMC: (780) 903-1653
Khalid Tarabain, President, Canadian Islamic Centre: (780) 909-1275

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