Two Eid days for Muslims in United States
NEW YORK Feb 24, 2002 (NNI):
Majority of Pakistani Expatriates here in United States on Saturday
celebrated Eid-ul-Azha with religious fervour, whereas every Middle Eastern
emigrant celebrated Eid on Friday.
Keeping the traditions intact clerks of Pakistani Mosques in United States
announced the celebration of Eid-ul-Azha period as a day after the Saudis
It may be mentioned that maintaining post September 11 necessity to show
unity among the Muslim fraternity the Pakistani clerks had observed Eid ul
Fitar after realising 29 fasts whereas majority of Muslims had 30 fasts.Then
most of Pakistani Mosques announced Eid-ul-Fitar after 10pm, and several
Pakistani Muslims had their Sehar in the morning.
Newly converted Muslims were seen confused and were found inquiring from
Mosques clerks or other fraternity members "Which of Muslims sect are we?
the one celebrating Eid on Friday or Saturday?" What is the difference
curious changed Muslims were found investigating.
There could be doubt in moon sight, but Haj-Bait-ullah was on Thursday, it
is certified and more than 2.5million Muslims performed Haj said Abdullah an
African Muslim, who converted his Christianity to Islam few months before.
The Eid day is after the day of Haj certified Abdullah. Why don’t people
realise Abdullah said ?
It may be pointed out that Pakistanis living in New York’s , Queens, Staten
Island , Brooklyn and Bronx boroughs celebrated Eid on Saturday, whereas
natives of Manhattan including Pakistan mission and New York Consulate
diplomats celebrated Eid on Friday. Further , Pakistan Mission to the UN and
New York Consulate were closed on Friday.
Similarly the Washington Dc Embassy was closed on Friday, Pakistani
diplomats and other Pakistani Expatriates living in suburbs of Washington
celebrated Eid on Friday with few exceptions on Saturday.
Interestingly there were few who celeberated Eid on Friday but said Eid
Salat on Saturday, because of their job timings. It is amusing to note that
few members of a family in New Jersey living in same house have had Eid
celeberation in their house for two days. One family heads attends the
prayers in a Pakistani Mosque and the other is regular in going to an Arab
Mosque, thus observed their Mosque clerk order, and celeberated Eid on
Friday and Saturday. –NNI
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