Dublin’s Muslim community gather to celebrate Eid at the end of Ramadan
Muslims gathered at a mosque in Blanchardstown to celebrate Eid on Monday morning.
The festival marks the end of Ramadan where Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.
Prayers were held at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Center of Ireland with a bouncy castle and treats available for children.
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Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri is the Chairman of the Irish Muslim Council for Peace and Integration and an Islamic theologian.
He explained that Eid is an extremely joyous holiday for Muslims in Dublin, a time to be spent with family.
He said: “Today is the day of Eid Al-Fitr. Muslims celebrate two celebrations throughout the year – Al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.
“Today marks the end of the month of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims have been fasting for 30 days during the day and spending the night in the mosque praying in reflection and contemplation.
“Now, after giving alms to the poor and needy, we come together to celebrate the day of Eid.
“It is a day of celebration and joy, a day of happiness. Muslims all over the world gather in mosques.
“It starts with morning prayer, then they will spend the whole day with their families, eating lots of sweets and exchanging lots of gifts.
“It’s a moment that the children are very excited for because they are going to receive their gifts.
“It’s a bit like Christmas for Muslims.”
A Dublin mother leaving prayers in the mosque told Dublin Live: “I have known this mosque for 15 years. You are very comfortable coming here because you can go to a restaurant with your family.
“When we were little, our mother used to say that you have 12 months in the year but that one month should be for the god.
“We will go to other people’s house to say hello and then we will have special food – Biryani.
“I will stay home with my husband and children.”
Friends Adila and Sofia, 11, were looking forward to a special dinner and time to catch up.
Adila said, “We fasted for a month and we are here for prayers. We have been here for the whole month of Ramadan. After that, we all gather together with our friends and family for dinner.”
Mohsin said it was hugely important to have a community in Dublin to celebrate with and he was excited for the rest of the festivities.
He said: “It is a happy and joyful day. We start with prayers to thank Allah. It is also a great gathering.
“After that, we eat sweets and a cup of Chai tea. The community is really very important. We all come from different parts of the world, but the only thing in common is this unity.
“There is a lot of stress, so we are not going to miss a small part of the celebrations!
“It’s also important for the new generation so that they don’t feel that everything is a pressure. There is always room for happiness.”
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