Communities celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Halifax families dress up to celebrate Eid. Afsana Begum 7, Fayez 9, Sameera Begum 5 and Isha Alam 5.
Halifax families dress up to celebrate Eid. Afsana Begum 7, Fayez 9, Sameera Begum 5 and Isha Alam 5.

Thousands of colourfully dressed men, women and children celebrated the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr.

Communities across Calderdale celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast, which marks the end of Ramadan - where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for a month.

Muslims throughout the world waited in anticipation for the coming of Eid al-Fitr which is determined on the Islamic lunar calendar.

In the UK, Eid al-Fitr was recognised on July 28, when it was announced by Saudi Arabia.

In Calderdale, congregations gathered at Halifax’s Madni Mosque, Gibbet Street, and Al-Jamia Al-Zahra Mosque, Francis Street, for early morning prayers and some returned for further afternoon prayers.

Families gathered to greet one another ‘Eid Mubarak’; ‘blessed Eid’, and enjoyed special feasts and sweets.

People were also remembering those less fortunate than themselves by collecting money for charity.

Out on Hanson Lane were children Ibrahim Hussain, nine, Tahir Ahmed, nine and six-year-old Hannah Hussain who were selling bracelets they had made to send to Gaza to help civilians in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The children had raised over £100 by early Monday afternoon.

General secretary of Shah Walayat Foundation Syed Muhammad Haider, said “The community united to pray and mark this special occasion, we urge our youngsters to refrain from any illegal activities and celebrate this joyous occasion according to the Islamic traditions and remember our brothers and sisters in our prayers, who are not able to take part in this festival due to the barbaric attacks made by Israel in the middle east.”

Hopwood Lane resident Fotik Ahmed was celebrating the commencement Eid al-Fitr with family and friends.

Saira Amzar, 17, of Hanson Lane, pictured, was celebrating in the streets with four generations of family. She said: “We went to the mosque for prayers and prepared food.”

Amongst those celebrating in the community was Park ward councillor Faisal Shoukat (lab).

He said: “It’s been a fantastic and joyous occasion celebrating the last month of Ramadan in which we have fasted and learnt patience, tolerance and empathy for others.

“This year, the average fast has been 20 hours which has been hard but has brought the community together.

“There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the ward - it’s all about celebrating with Muslim and non-Muslim neighbours.”

The history of the most significant Muslim celebration dates back to 610 AD when Prophet Mohammed, while meditating, had visions of angel Jibril, the messenger of Allah. Over the years. Prophet Mohammed, under the guidance of Jibril, wrote the holy verses of wisdom The verses later became the code of conduct for Islam followers and were documented as the holy book of Quran.

It is believed that the wisdom from the holy Quran was revealed to Mohammad during the month of Ramadan and he asked all Muslims to observe the month to express their gratitude to Allah.