Muslim celebration

Muslim celebration SUS-150408-112535001

Muslim celebration SUS-150408-112535001

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The Muslim community in Bexhill held Eid celebrations to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The congregation was organised by the Bexhill Islamic Association.

It was held at the Bexhill Youth and Community Centre on Friday July 17.

There was a very large turnout and joining the congregation were key guests from Rother District, St Leonards and Hastings.

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims perform many rituals in this month to show devotion to Allah (God); by fasting, by giving charity, by praying for the ones in need and by sacrificing the day to day luxuries which they take for granted.

To end Ramadan, a day of celebration is held which is known as ‘Eid’. This begins with a congregational prayer and then is followed by social gatherings.

Eid is a day when Muslims around the world demonstrate a common goal of unity.

The gathering at Bexhill ended with celebrations and the Imam (one who leads the Prayer), Sheikh Magdi Osman said: “Bexhill has diverse communities, where every religion is valued with utmost respect and honour.

“I hope Bexhill always remains to be this way. I take this opportunity to thank the Bexhill Islamic Association for organising such a delightful event”

Bexhill Islamic Association is a registered charity and meets at Bexhill Youth and Community Centre at Station Road.

As well as holding regular prayer times for men and women, the Association works for the advancement of education of children and adults and to relieve poverty, hardship and distress.

It also facilitates marriages and other religious ceremonies and offers support for funeral and burial services.

The Association arranges lectures, meetings and seminars and offers counselling support.

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