Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Canada celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Canada is
celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday October 1, 2008. Thousands of Ahmadi
Muslims will offer Eid prayers in large gatherings across Canada. In GTA, over
12,000 members will celebrate Eid at the International Centre in Mississauga
and mark the beginning of the three day Islamic festival. Prayers will begin
at 10:00 a.m. followed by an Eid Sermon.
    Members of the media are invited to the International Centre, at the
Airport Road in Mississauga, to join the community in celebrating the Eid
    Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (Arabic: 'Idu l-Fitr), often abbreviated to
Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy
month of fasting.
    Muslims attend the congregational Eid prayer service which is held in the
morning. Traditionally people wear new clothes, cook delicious food and invite
friends and neighbours to celebrate with them. Fasting during Ramadhan
inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages Muslims to donate
generously to the poor.
    In an Eid message delivered by Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed, the Fifth
Khalifa (Head) of worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, he addressed the
philosophy behind the Eid festival and said:
    In our faith, Eid is not for boisterous merry making, wearing of good
clothes, orating, and drinking. For the sake of winning Allah's pleasure, we
impose upon ourselves the restrictions of the month of fasting so that we may
gather His blessings. Whereas great emphasis has been placed on worship during
this month, there is also the requirement to be mindful of the needy. Do not
stop by merely feeding them on Eid. Do not break the ties with the less
fortunate but assess their needs from time to time and continue to help them.
Helping the unemployed find a job and encouraging them would be an act of
charity. So if in this spirit, each Ahmadi helps those less well off to stand
on their own feet, then it is possible that the same person who was dependent
on your aid this year would be able to help someone else at next year's Eid.
(November 2003)
    Thus Eid is a day of celebrating a new beginning and affirmation of
continuing to strive to attain Allah's pleasure.

For further information:

For further information: on the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada visit:
www.ahmadiyya.ca; or www.alislam.org; Media Contact: Mumtaz Butt, Manager
Press and Media Relations, at AmjMedia@Ahmadiyya.ca

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