Members of Orange’s Muslim community have celebrated one of the highpoints of their calendar with prayers and breakfast.
Community leaders including Mayor Reg Kidd were invited to yesterday’s (22 August) special event at the Peisley Street mosque.
One of the leaders of the Orange Muslim community Khalid Tufail said the attracted people from nearby centres.
“It was wonderful to be able to host members of Orange City Council, as Muslims from across the region celebrated the start of the Eid-ul-Adh Festival,” Khalid Tufail said. “After Ramadan, this festival is the second most important event on the Muslim calendar.
“For Muslims in Orange it’s an annual opportunity to celebrate together. It was good to have Mayor Reg Kidd and councillors Joanne McRae and Stephen Nugent with us for prayers and breakfast together.”
Around 100 men, women and children from across the region gathered at the mosque in Peisley Street.
FESTIVAL : Cr Joanne McRae, Sulaiman Siddiqui, Mayor Reg Kidd, Rashid Walayat, Khalid Tufail, Cr Stephen Nugent and Muhammad Aamer at the mosque in Orange
As well as locals from Orange, the event drew people from Forbes, Parkes and Cowra as well as Bathurst.
“Eid is the kind of special occasion where it’s good to get together in bigger numbers,” Khalid Tufail said. “That’s important for people from smaller centres where there are only a handful of local muslim families.”
“One of the special things about the muslim community in Orange is that we’ve come to live in Orange from so many different countries and traditions. It’s a great family environment to grow up in for our families with young children who attend local schools.
“A simple example of how that works so well for festivals like Eid, is that when every family brings a plate of food to share for breakfast after prayers, it is a fantastic international feast from all around the world, as well as traditional Aussie sausages on the barbeque.”
Eid is a three day festival which will be marked by Muslims all around the world. The festival focuses on the story of Abraham, one of the narratives that Muslims share with Christians and the Jewish faith.
CELEBRATION : Pictured during the Eid festival event in Orange are Heather Cameron, Ramisa Anjum, Deputy Mayor Joanne McRae, Sadaf Khalid, Ferdowshi Akhter and Bushra Faisal.