White Plains – Members of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society (UWMS) group gathered for the Eid Prayer & Brunch at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, located at 66 Hale Ave in White Plains, Wednesday from 9:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M. to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid Prayers will begin at 9:15 AM and will be followed by a Community Brunch.
Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], “festival of breaking of the fast”), is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
This has to do with the communal aspects of the fast, which expresses many of the basic values of the Muslim community; e.g., empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc. Fasting is also believed by some scholars to extol fundamental distinctions, lauding the power of the spiritual realm, while acknowledging the subordination of the physical realm. It also teaches a Muslim to stay away from worldly desires and to focus entirely on the Lord and thank Him for his blessings. It is a rejuvenation of the religion and it creates a stronger bond between the Muslim and his Lord.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was among the elected officials, in attendance of the celebration at the Crowne Plaza.
“The answer in this world is not hate, it is not violence, it is love, friendship and understanding,” Astorino said.
The Upper Westchester Muslim Society, Inc. was established in 1997 to serve Muslims living and working in the upper part of Westchester County, New York. The society is dedicated to serving the Muslim community, and building bridges with our neighbors of other faiths, in accordance with The Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The society began with the efforts of about 35 founding members and we welcome new members.
The UWMS masjid serves as a center for prayer, Islamic education, and social gatherings, as well as for religious rites and ceremonies. The UWMS also cooperates and coordinates activities with other masjids and Islamic organizations in Westchester County and the New York/New Jersey metro area.
The Upper Westchester Muslim Society is a not-for-profit organization and charitable donations and contributions are tax deductible.
Other Westchester County celebrations included the Westchester Muslim Center and ISWR (22 Brookfield Road, Mount Vernon) celebrating the Eid ul Fitr Prayer at the Beckwith Pointe Country Club located at 700 Davenport Ave in New Rochelle, Wednesday morning at 9:00 A.M. sharp.
Currently, WMC serves more than 2000 Muslim families and operates a weekend school with an enrollment of 300 students. In 1999, the Islamic Education Foundation started a full time school on the ground which has an enrollment of 130 students to date.
“Inshallah we will continue to grow and put our hands together to realize our goals and strive to please Allah (s.w.t.),” states their website.