Muslim celebration tempered by thoughts of innocent victims

by Earle Cornelius
Lancaster Online

Violent deaths of hundreds of Muslims across the world cast a shadow over Lancaster community’s celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Even as they acknowledged that, community leaders who spoke Wednesday to hundreds of Muslims, many wearing colorful chadors and robes, focused on a larger message of peace and love.

Eid (pronounced eed) is to be a joyous time; a chance to gather with friends and family and to relish the fact that the month of daylight fasting has come to an end.

Guest speakers, at the Thursday celebrations organized at Lancaster County Convention Center, included Khateeb Brother Iftekhar Hussain, Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and city fire Chief Tim Gregg.

Hussain, a native of Bangladesh who now lives in Malvern, told the gathering that Ramadan “is a time to align your will with God’s will” and to “reprioritize what is valuable in your lives.” Read more…