Area Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr at the Hilde

There were several children’s activities during the Eid celebration June 25 at the Hilde Performance Center, including face-painting and animal balloons. (Sun staff photo by Kristen Miller) 
Children gather for animal balloons. (Sun staff photo by Kristen Miller)  Farhana Ali and daughter Sanah, 15, of Plymouth, model the festive dress worn by the women during Eid. (Sun staff photo by Kristen Miller)  State Sen. Paul Anderson of Plymouth talks with members of the Northwest Islamic Community Center during the Eid festivities at the Hilde. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Paige Kieffer)  The Northwest Islamic Commuinty Center hosted Eid festivities at the Hilde Peformance Center June 25, marking the end of Ramadan. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Paige Kieffer)  The Northwest Islamic Commuinty Center hosted Eid festivities at the Hilde Peformance Center June 25, marking the end of Ramadan. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Paige Kieffer)
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There were several children’s activities during the Eid celebration June 25 at the Hilde Performance Center, including face-painting and animal balloons. (Sun staff photo by Kristen Miller)

An estimated 2,300 people gathered at the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth June 25 to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. The day is when Muslims thank God for giving them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey His commandment during the month of Ramadan. The day is marked with prayer, food and festivities.
Community members from the surrounding metro communities participated in the event, including non-Muslims, many from local churches and Interfaith Outreach, who volunteered to help with the festivities. “I don’t think we could’ve done it without them,” said Sadia Tarannum, event organizer. “We depended on them a lot,” she said of the volunteers, noting they assisted in the various booths so the Muslims could pray together during the morning prayer service. Praising the event was Rabia Khan of Plymouth. She enjoyed the day and the opportunity to pray together in the same space provided at the Hilde, adjacent to the Northwest Islamic Community Center, the hosting mosque.