Thank, Share Focus on Eid Open Day Happiness
Jamil Khan describes Eid as a time to give thanks, share happiness and love with neighbors and friends.
That’s why, at Wellington’s Newlands Community Center on June 5, the Al Hijra Islamic Education Trust invites everyone to come to its celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
Marking the end of Ramadan – a month focused on spiritual detoxification that involves fasting – Eid al-Fitr is known as the “Feast of breaking the fast”.
As trustee and treasurer, Khan said they usually hold an Eid open house at the Kilbirnie Mosque, but with 1,000 people passing through the mosque, a bigger and more open space was needed.
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“We are part of the New Zealand Whānau and community, and we want to explain why we are celebrating.”
The event would include food, makeup, and opportunities for people to have their hands decorated with henna.
There would also be discussions about Islamic architecture and how it was incorporated in New Zealand.
“Like the Kilbirnie Mosque – it’s green and blue to reflect the hills of Wellington and the color of the water in Lyall Bay,” Khan said.
People could also write their name in Arabic calligraphy and try on Muslim clothes from all over the world.
“People can come and ask questions, we will have a presentation on Islam and how events are celebrated.
“The Eid Open House will give people a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.”
Ramadan and Eid both fell during the lockdown in 2020, and many 2021 attendees said it was exciting to finally be able to celebrate again with the wider community.
- The Eid Open House will be held on June 5 at the Newlands Community Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.