A joyous day for Pittsburgh’s Muslims as Eid-al-Fitr begins

August 9, 2013 12:11 am

By Waqas Banoori / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Muslims throughout the Pittsburgh area on Thursday welcomed Eid-al-Fitr, one of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar.

Local Muslims joined more than 1 billion worldwide celebrating the feast that ends Ramadan, the holy Islamic month that calls on Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset and develop their relationship to God.

The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in Oakland drew over 300 Muslims of a range of nationalities to its Eid celebration Thursday morning. After Eid prayers, attendees had the opportunity to socialize, spend time with friends and family and reflect on the goals that they had set for themselves during Ramadan.

“The day was pretty packed, and it was a wonderful experience,” said Tara Bailey, 30, from Pittsburgh. “We played games with the kids, we gave out Eid gifts, we put together bags of toys with candy.

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