Muslim Community Gathers for End of Ramadan

Today is the end of the most important event in the Muslim Calendar.

Eid marks the end of the month of Ramadan and a mass prayer was held for close to 10,000 people at Central Park Athletics.

For the past 30 days Muslims have been fasting during the day and eating only after sundown.

Rasha Mohammed says the month is a special time for the Muslim community.

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Mohammed El Gammel, three children and wife Rasha Mohammed at Eid prayers, Central Park Athletics, June 4, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"The whole community gets together, and prays together.  We all have fun together .  We all make Dwaya and prayers together to honour Allah.  It is really a spiritual opportunity for everyone and we all long for it and wait for it every year."

Windsor Islamic Association Vice President Radwan Tamr says the Eid prayers attract Muslims from across the region.

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Windsor Islamic Association Vice President Radwan Tamr, June 4, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

"It's a great gathering becuase the Muslim Community is an integral part of the Windsorites.  The Windsor Essex community.  They gather really from the county as well as we have a lot of community members from Leamington from Chatham-Kent."

Tamr says Ramadan is a chance for Muslims to reach out to the broader community.

"You have to be kind, not just abstain from food and drink.  But to feel really the suffering of people overseas, local.  We do the food drive here for Ramadan where we contribute to basically all the contribution goes to non-Muslims."

For devout Muslims a chapter of the Koran is read each day which takes the 30 days.