Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Eid Al-Adha Brings Washington-Area Muslims Together

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Eid Al-Adha Brings Washington-Area Muslims Together

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EID AL-ADHA BRINGS WASHINGTON-AREA MUSLIMS TOGETHER

More than 20,000 Muslims gathered at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly, a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC, to celebrate the close of the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, on March 16. The daylong multi-cultural festival featured games and rides for children, a talent show, as well as the opportunity to purchase Islamic books, clothing, and food from around the Muslim world.

The festivities marked the beginning of the Eid al-Adha (feast of the sacrifice), a three-day celebration that commemorates the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim (biblical Abraham) to sacrifice his son at the command of God (who directed him to substitute a sheep and spare his son). Muslims around the world attend prayers, exchange gifts, donate to the needy and visit with their families. In the United States the holiday brings together Muslim Americans from many ethnic backgrounds and homelands to celebrate their faith together. People relished the opportunity for so many Muslims to meet, buy Islamic videos, books, games, toys, music tapes, clothes and foods. …

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