By Kawther Mohammed, MCA Sisters Youth Co-ordinator
Ann Arbor–November 27–â€˜Eidul Adha 1430 in Ann Arbor was joyous and festive, with recitation of the special Eid takbeer projecting from the gym speakers, children running around in excitement, men and women frantically putting their shoes in plastic bags, and tables of food lined up against the walls in the hallways.
The Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor (MCA) succeeded once again with this yearâ€™s â€˜Eid celebrations, having invested much time, effort, and money.
One of the primary reasons for holding such large events is to promote the sense of community among members, especially for children. Presenting â€˜Eid as an event which bring smiles and happiness through gifts and games, will strengthen the sense of Islamic identity, leaving a lasting impression. With that in mind, the committee members started planning â€˜Eidul-Adha prayers immediately after they finished celebrating â€˜Eidul-Fitr prayers.
First they needed a facility which could accommodate 5,000 people indoors. At Pioneer High School, a familiar location to many members of the community, the MCA organized the celebration to the last detail. After renting the schoolâ€™s facilities, brothers and sisters were conveniently designated to the gender-separate gymnasiums for prayer. Tarps were laid out for comfortable prayer.
A variety and abundance of food served on tables lined up in the hallways: Pakistani and Somali samoosa, cheese and zatar bread, chicken sandwiches as well as cheese and broccoli sandwiches added a taste of international food to the Eid prayer.
Muffins and soda, coffee, tea, water, and juices has been standard from the past. To top it all off, the children were able to enjoy cotton candy, popcorn and ice-cream bars. None of that would have been accomplished without the help of many volunteers from among youth and adults and without the cooperation of the staff of Pioneer High School. Thanks to all who participated and planned the event!