Canadian Muslims getting ready for Eid

gtaeid(September 16, 2009) – Canadian Muslims are getting ready to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr this coming weekend.

In Toronto, thousands of Muslims will be gathering on Sunday, September 20 at the CNE Direct Energy Center for the Eid prayers which will be followed by a day-long carnival.

Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

It is a day of thanksgiving, prayers and for giving charity, and includes family visits and exchange of gifts.

Some Muslim communities in the country have announced that they will be celebrating Eid on Sunday, September 20 in accordance with the ruling of the Fiqh Council of North America.

The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal.

Other Muslim organizations that follow the sighting of the new moon in North America will be waiting until Saturday evening to determine the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Association of Canada, the organizer of the CNE Eid, is planning an extensive program of activities and a food drive for Toronto Muslims.

The event will commence with the Eid Prayers at 10:00 am.

Following the prayer there will be a carnival including rides, inflatables, video games, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a toddler zone, sports, games and tournaments, shows, and many more exciting activities.

There will also be a bazaar featuring the products and services from over 50 businesses in and around the GTA.

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