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Muslims in New York celebrate Eid-il-Fitri with calls for world peace and unity

Muslim worshippers during Eid-il-Fitri prayer-slide0
FEMI SOBOWALE

The end of Holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims with special prayer every year all over the world. This year, Muslims from all works of life gathered today at the Mount Eden play ground in the Bronx, New York with calls on Islam faithfuls to love and live in peace with their neighbors. At the Eid-il-Fitri prayer marking the end of 30-day dawn to dusk fasting by Muslims, religious leaders, diplomats, including political and community leaders have a common message for Muslims worldwide.

Muslim worshippers during Eid-il-Fitri prayer
Femi Sobowale

According to Imam Abdullahi Gambo of Yankassi Islamic Society in the Bronx, who led the prayer and read the sermon “Islam is about unity regardless of which tribe you belong to”. He asked Muslims around the world to stick to the teachings of Islam which seek for peace and tranquility among its faithful.

Imam Aziz Muhammed Shuaib of Imole Adinni Islamic Society of New York, one of the prominent Islamic scholars at the occasion asked Muslims to seek for and thank God for His blessings and mercies. “We have to thank Allah for His mercies and blessings on us. We have been fasting for 30 days with our body and souls, abstaining from eating and drinking.” In Shuaib’s view, “Fasting makes Muslims to be more generous, loving and compassionate” with their neighbors. He enjoined all Muslims to be prayerful given the trials and tribulations being experienced presently in the Muslim world.

Ambassador Habib Habu, the Consul General of Nigeria in New York prayed for the unity and peace among Muslims and the entire world. Ambassador Abu was emphatic and said “My message is for peace in the Muslim world. If you look at the theaters of war, they are all Muslim countries, so I pray for peace in the whole world.”

Alhaji Rilwan Durosinmi, President, Imole Adinni Islamic Society of New York share similar sentiments in his call for all Muslims to be tolerant of their neighbors irrespective of their religion, tribe or race. “Islam is about peace and tranquility and togetherness of all the followers of Islam.” Durosinmi said that even though Islam is being misunderstood in certain quarters, it is incumbent on Muslims to show love and peace among their neighbors to prove critics wrong.

Politicians who graced the occasion include Marsha Michael, Michael Blake and Latoya Joyner, all Democrats seeking political offices representing the districts where majority of worshippers reside. They appreciate the contributions of Muslim community to the society in areas of commerce, education, sports and social services.

Thousands of worshippers who thronged to the prayer ground to show appreciation to Allah (SWA) for His guidance during the holy month pray that peace return to trouble spots in the Muslim communities around the globe. They are unanimous in their call for governments in those countries to emulate the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).