Thousands of families set to celebrate Eid

Halifax families dress up to celebrate Eid. Four-year-old Zackriya Farman.
Halifax families dress up to celebrate Eid. Four-year-old Zackriya Farman.

Families are planning family celebrations at homes throughout the region in celebration of a major Muslim festival.

Thousands of men, women and children will be celebrating Eid-ul-Ahda this weekend in celebration of the end of the annual pilgrimage, Hajj, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Hajj is on of the five pillars of Islam which many Muslims will complete at least once in a lifetime. It takes a week to complete and occurs from the 8th-12th of Dhu-al-Hijjah - the last month of the Islamic calendar.

Tomorrow, thousands of Muslim men are expected to fill the mosques for Sunday morning prayers followed by family celebrations and the eating of Qurbani in the Feast of Sacrifice.

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Park ward Labour councillor Faisal Shoukat said the nessage in mosques throughout the region will be that of sympathy and thoughts and prayers for everyone involved in Middle East conflict.

“The message will be, particularly to youngsters in the congregation, that terrorist groups like Isis have absolutely no part to play in Islam - it’s a fringe organisation which Muslims around the world do not condone - they are not Jihadis; they are extremists.

“Our prayers will be with all victims involved in the conflict,” he said.