As the fasting month of Ramadan entered its final phase, the Muslim community is gearing up for the biggest festival of the Islamic calendar year.
Eid-ul-Fitr — the gigantic three-day celebration that marks the joyous conclusion of 29 days of strict fasting, prayers and participation in charitable and peace-making efforts — is likely to be marked this weekend.
In the cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto, Eid will probably begin Sunday, Aug 19, depending on crescent sighting.
The Hilal Committee of Toronto and Vicinity, an umbrella organization of more than 70 masjids and Islamic centres across the GTA region, will meet at Markham Masjid, Markham, Saturday evening to sight the moon.
However, those who follow Isna (Islamic Society of North America) and Icna (Islamic Circle of North America) will definitely observe Eid Sunday, Aug 19.
As per Sunnah, it’s necessary for every Muslim who can afford to extend ‘sadaqah al-fitr’ or ‘fitra’ (charity of fast-breaking or poor tax) to the needy before Eid prayers so that they can also participate and celebrate the festival happily.
The current fitra in the GTA is $5 to $8 per person.
“Eid is a day of seeking reward for doing good needs, charity and prayers during Ramadan,” Adbulhaq Ingar, coordinator of Hilal Committee of Toronto, told Focus.
“It’s time for the Muslim community to develop a strategy to raise funds for the less fortunate people of our society under the same cause of joy and celebration,” said Ingar.
He urged the administrations of all the masjids to set up separate donation boxes apart from fitra during Eid prayers, which can later be donated to charity organizations such as Trillium Foundation.
“This is in addition to ‘sadaqah al-fitr’,” said Ingar. “On the occasion of Eid, consider it a gift from Muslim community to the less fortunate people of our society without the description of faith, race or colour.”
Meanwhile Haroon Khan, a renowned community volunteer and philanthropist, has invited residents and their families to an Open House at his residence located at 1658 Monty’s Drive in Mississauga between 11am and 6pm Sunday, Aug 19.
Breakfast, food and entertainment will be served during the Open House, which has been a tradition of the Khan’s family for the past 35 years.
MPP Don Valley West, Kathleen Wynne, greeted the community on the occasion.
“I wish to offer greetings to the Muslim community in Don Valley West, as they mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr,” said Wynne in a message this week.
“Eid Mubarak to all of you.”
Brampton Islamic Centre is hosting a ‘chand raat bazaar’ at 6 Lowry Drive, Brampton, Friday, 3-10pm.
The bazaar offers a variety of jewelry, clothes, mehndi, bangles, footwear, Islamic artifacts and antiques, and a range of mouthwatering foods and entertainment.
The centre will also host ‘Eid barbeque and children’s fun party’ at the same location Saturday, Aug 25 at 2pm. Community members are encouraged to participate in both events.