Why this yr’s Eid is a ‘very powerful one emotionally’ for Canadian Muslims

2021-05-14 01:54:00

Nur Watad and her Palestinian household usually love celebrating the tip of Ramadan, however this yr, it “doesn’t really feel like Eid in any respect.”

“Often earlier than Eid, I’d be so excited — making ready what I’d put on, making Eid cookies with my mother. We’d be doing a lot,” the London, Ont. lady advised CTVNews.ca in a joint interview along with her youthful sister.

Eid al-Fitr is without doubt one of the holiest days of the yr for Muslims, marking the tip of a month of fasting, reflection and charity. Individuals normally collect for big dinners at their properties, mosques are crammed to the brim, and presents are exchanged in individual.

However for the second yr in a row, Muslims couldn’t do any of these issues due to COVID-19 restrictions.

On high of that, many Muslims are heartbroken by the rising dying toll from the escalating battle within the Palestinian territories and Israel, which many say echoes the destruction and lack of life seen throughout the 50-day battle in 2014.

Watad and her sister, Aden, have been born and raised in Jerusalem earlier than coming to Canada eight years in the past and each nonetheless have household near the Gaza-Israeli border.

“It has been actually troublesome to steadiness [Eid] celebrations as a result of we aren’t in a position to have fun when our Palestinian brothers and sisters are actually fearing for his or her lives,” stated Aden.

This Eid, they are going to be becoming a member of the rising variety of individuals carrying keffiyehs — scarves generally worn by Palestinians — to be able to present solidarity on-line.

“We’re simply commemorating what is going on on proper now,” stated Watad. “It’s extremely, very disappointing to see that that is really taking place in our nation and we will not do a lot about it over right here in Canada.”

This Eid and through Ramadan, donations to numerous fundraising campaigns, together with these for households in Gaza or Syria, have been urged locally, in addition to amongst non-Muslims. Others are additionally advocating for motion past that.

Sabrine Azraq, the founding father of Buycott Palestine — which calls on individuals to assist and collaborate with Palestinian companies and organizations — stated many Palestinians have a “very bittersweet feeling” every Ramadan and Eid, as in years previous, violence within the area has been widespread.

So, this yr, in solidarity with the households dealing with compelled evictions from their properties within the predominantly Palestinian Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, Azraq and her supporters are posting mock eviction notices in public areas and home windows, and on individuals’s doorways within the Higher Toronto Space, Niagara, the Halton Area and in different cities, equivalent to Edmonton and New York Metropolis.

“The objective actually is to evoke some form of emotion… in order that [the general public] can ultimately try to not less than attempt to put themselves within the sneakers of those Palestinians,” Azraq advised CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview, including that the notices direct individuals to on-line sources to be taught extra.


Others throughout the nation stated they’re nonetheless making an effort have fun Eid on Thursday as a result of it’s additionally vital to have not less than a quick time of solace, particularly for younger youngsters.

“It should be a really powerful one emotionally,” Noor Al-Henedy, spokesperson for the Al Rashid Mosque in Edmonton stated, calling the scenario in Israel and the Palestinian territories “very near our hearts.”

“Our religion all the time tells us to maintain a powerful perception that every little thing is below the desire of God,” she advised CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview. “So on the bottom, we will attempt to make it work the most effective we will.”

Congregants at her mosque are handing out reward luggage and balloons to youngsters of households who arrive on the mosque of their automobiles. This follows a separate toy drive the mosque held earlier this week for households in want.

Many different mosques throughout the nation are doing the identical, such because the Islamic Society of North America in Canada in Mississauga, Ont., which will likely be handing out reward luggage, popcorn and candies to households at their drive-thru occasion. And like final yr, organizers are additionally urging individuals to brighten their automobiles for the event.

An enormous a part of the month of Ramadan includes doing acts of charity, so all through the month, Canadian Muslims have banded collectively handy out meals to households and shelters in want. Al-Henedy and fellow congregants within the Edmonton mosque handed out 10,000 meals alone.

“We’re simply hopeful,” Al-Henedy stated. “We hold everyone in our prayers — whether or not it is our households right here, whether or not they’re people who find themselves struggling within the hospitals, individuals who’ve handed from COVID or people who find themselves who’re on this scenario proper now taking place abroad.”

Usually, her Edmonton mosque would count on as much as 16,000 individuals to point out up for Eid prayers. However that wasn’t the case for the second yr in a row, as Alberta restrictions solely enable 15 individuals in locations of worship.

“It is a wrestle, to be trustworthy,” she stated, hoping that vaccination charges will climb and COVID-19 circumstances will drop sufficient so “restrictions will likely be loosened and we will come collectively.”

Final Ramadan, Mosquee Madani in Montreal was closed so Imam Imran Shariff, who led in-person morning Eid prayers, stated this Eid is “brighter than final yr.”

He was grateful not less than a few of his congregants have been in a position to come collectively indoors. “We’re virtually to the tip of the COVID and hopefully we gained’t must look again on the final two years anymore.”


There will likely be numerous on-line gatherings and digital iftars — dinners to interrupt a day-long quick — as Muslim households keep indoors and join with family members over Zoom or Skype.

The Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Process Drive even revealed tips on how one can have fun Eid safely, noting that providing Eid prayers from house is completely acceptable.

The Muslim Affiliation of Canada (MAC) is encouraging individuals to attend their “coast-to-coast” digital Eid celebration in “an effort to unite the neighborhood and convey pleasure to households,” organizers advised CTVNews.ca.

“We’re targeted on bringing the neighborhood collectively within the most secure means doable,” the group’s government director Sharaf Sharafeldin advised CTVNews.ca.

For near half a century, MAC has helped set up vibrant, in-person Eid festivals throughout Canada, so he stated digital celebrations are a approach to stick with it that custom.

Mustafa Farooq, chief government officer of Ottawa-based advocacy group Nationwide Council of Muslims, stated this Eid many individuals will wish to arise and present “our hearts are with one another.”

He urged Canadian Muslims mirror on their “spirit of charity” throughout Ramadan but in addition all year long as they organized meals drives, private protecting tools collections, and different fundraisers for individuals.

“I do know that for a lot of members of the neighborhood, it is going to be a continued transfer ahead and attempt to make issues higher whereas additionally recognizing that these are powerful occasions.”

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