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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Adha

November 4, 2011

Edmonton Muslims will be celebrating Eid-al-Adha on November 6, 2011. 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. At the culmination of Hajj, the Hajjis (those who perfume the Hajj) stand on the Mountain of Arafat and thank Allah for His infinite Grace and Compassion in helping them complete this once in a lifetime journey. This day is also celebrated as the Eid Al Adha, otherwise referred to as the festival of sacrifice, in commemoration of 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 (peace be upon him), is the patriarch of all the three Abrahamic faiths and is revered by Christians, Jews and Muslims. 
Two to three million Muslims perform the pilgrimage annually. Hajj is the quintessential ritual which epitomizes the most profound message of Islam,  that is the concept of equality of mankind before God which allows no superiority on the basis of race, gender or social status. It is the demonstration of the solidarity of diverse Muslim peoples, and their submission to Allah, God.

On Monday, November 14, 2011 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. Muslims have had a presence here in Alberta for more than a century and the very first Mosque in Canada was built in Edmonton in 1938.. Today it sits gracefully at Fort Edmonton Park, in its original glory, a testament to the Muslims long presence here and it speaks volumes about diversity which has been part of Alberta’s history. Late Larry Shaben, the founding Chair of ECMC was the first Muslim MLA in Alberta and the first cabinet minister in any government in Canada. With this proud heritage Edmonton Muslims are proud to share this celebration at the Legislature, a symbol representing all the peoples of Alberta.

There are approximately 800,000 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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