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Edmonton Muslims Celebrate Eid-al-Adha

October 12, 2013

Edmonton Muslims will be celebrating Eid-ul-Adha on October 15, 2013. It is one of two festivals and also the oldest of religious festivals celebrated by all Muslims. 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.

Hajj is the quintessential ritual which epitomizes the most profound message of Islam, which is the concept of equality of mankind before God which allows no superiority on the basis of race, gender or social status. Most world religions celebrate festivals which stand for reaffirmation of hope, an introspection of our spirituality, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a celebration of the simple joys of life.

On Monday, November 4, 2013 there will be a commemoration of the Eid, at the Legislature building, hosted by Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, Speaker of the House. This is the only legislature in Canada which has consistently commemorated this occasion each year since 1998. Muslims have had a presence here in Alberta for more than a century. The Al Rashid Mosque was built in Edmonton in 1938 and was the very first Mosque to be built anywhere in Canada and now sits at the Fort Edmonton Park. It was built with the help of citizens of Edmonton. This year it celebrates its 75th. Anniversary, which speaks volumes about the diversity of Alberta’s history.

There are approximately a million Muslims in Canada with 90,000 in Alberta and estimated 45,000 in Edmonton. The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities is an umbrella organization representing nine different Muslim entities within Edmonton.  Created in 2002, with 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: 780 903 1653
Ahmed Moustafa, Chair, Communications: 780 200 1407 

Some of the main prayers venues for Eid Al Adha on Tuesday, October 15th are as follows:

Edmonton Islamic Academy
14525 - 127 Street, Edmonton
9:00 am
Contact: Khalid Tarabain , President, Canadian Islamic Centre: Tel. (780) 909-1275

Edmonton Expo Centre (Northland Sportex)
7300 - 116 Avenue, Edmonton
9:30 AM
Contact: Masood Peracha, Chair ECMC: Tel. (780) 903-1653

Rahma Mosque (MAC Centre)
6104-172 St, Edmonton,
10:00 am
Contact: Bassam Fares,  Executive Director (780) 299-2320

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