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Eid ul-Fitr 1429 Salah at Yale University with Yasir Qadhi

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Check out this bit from the New Haven Independent on Eid Salah for Eid ul-Fitr 1429. The Eid khutbah was delivered by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi!


Hundreds Join To Break Fast
by Thomas MacMillan | October 1, 2008 7:42 AM093008_eid_text-1.jpgMuslim Americans from all parts of the world knelt down together in a Yale gymnasium to celebrate the end of Ramadan.“We’ve got everyone!” said Shafiq Abdussabur as he made his way through a crowd of Moroccans, Saudi Arabians, and North Africans.“If you never get a chance to leave the country, all you have to do is come here and you’ll see the whole world.”Coming from their homes in New Haven and surrounding towns, hundreds of Muslim Americans gathered in Yale’s Coxe Cage Tuesday morning for the annual celebration of Eid. In separate men’s and women’s sections, hundreds knelt facing east and offered prayers to close their month of fasting. Eid, one of the most important days in the Islamic calendar, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours.The morning prayers were followed by an address by a local Imam. The festivities then moved to the Masjid Al-Islam mosque on George Street, where a huge outdoor feast was held. The morning was a time for worship, a call for engagement, and a celebration of a diverse community.

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Every One A Messenger

093008_eid_text-2.jpgThe New Haven Muslim community’s Eid celebration has been held at the Coxe Cage for several years. At 7:45 a.m., when the morning prayers were scheduled to begin, men and women wearing traditional Middle Eastern and North African clothes streamed in through two separate entrances, removing their shoes at the door. In the men’s section, towards the front of the gym, friends greeted each other with hugs and multiple kisses on each cheek, saying, “Assalaamu ‘Aleykum” (“Peace be on you.”)Many unfolded colorful prayer rugs as they knelt on the several large blue tarps laid out in the center of the lofty gymnasium. Children dressed in fancy suits and dresses ran and played on the track.After a delay caused by a faulty sound system, Dr. Mohamed Abdelati led the crowd in morning prayers. Abdelati is the imam of the New Haven Islamic Center in West Haven. The morning prayers were followed by an address by Imam Yasir Qadhi, a graduate student of Islamic Studies at Yale.“Today is the day of Eid!” Qadhi shouted three times. In an enthusiastic sermon, Qadhi expounded on the five pillars of Islam. He then spoke out about the “crisis” of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States, referencing a new DVD on “Radical Islam” that has recently been sent to homes in battleground states, and the recent chemical attack in a mosque in Ohio.

“What are you going to do in the face of such hatred?” Qadhi asked the audience twice. “If nothing, all of us will suffer.” He told the crowd that they all had a responsibility to serve as ambassadors of Islam in America, to present the best of Islam in this country where “the average person has never met a Muslim.”

“Everyone is a like a small prophet or messenger in this regard,” he said.

A Joyous Moment

093008_eid_text-4.jpgAfter the service, as the crowd swirled around and filed out the doors, Saifuddin Hasaan (pictured) reminisced about the early beginnings of the New Haven area Muslim community. Hasaan, the former Imam of Masjid Al-Islam said that in 1987 he had helped start a masjid (mosque) in Hamden of only eight muslims. “Now we have thousands,” he said happily, looking around the teeming gym.

Hasaan said that the Muslim community in and around New Haven is growing with Muslims from “every country in the world.”

“The feeling is so great,” Hasaan said, in between hugs with friends. “This is one of the greatest feelings.”

“It’s very multicultural,” Imam Qadhi said, rattling off a list of countries represented by the crowd, including Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. “That’s one of the first things people notice when they come here.”

“Here it’s more diverse,” said Abdel Almarshad, comparing Eid in New Haven to the celebration in his native Saudi Arabia. Almarshad, is a resident in emergency medicine at Yale. This was his first Eid in New Haven and his second in the U.S.

“This is a joyous moment,” he said. “It’s a wonderful occasion to connect and speak our language.” Almarshad was lingering in the morning sun outside of Coxe Cage, wearing the traditional Saudi Arabian dress, including a red checked keffiyeh.

Something We Love

Around 10 a.m. the party shifted to Masjid Al-Islam on George Street. Tables of food were laid out on opposite ends of the parking lot behind the mosque, offering buffets for the men’s and women’s section. The spread included middle eastern cuisine like falafel and humus, as well as traditional American breakfast foods like muffins and danish pastries. For those gathered, it was the first daytime meal in a month of fasting.

A big inflatable slide and and a bouncy castle were set up for kids to play on.

093008_eid_text-3.jpgMoroccan-born New Havener Ababkre Mounir (at right in photo) explained the significance of Ramadan, the month-long fast that ends with Eid. During Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Mounir explained that the fast is partly about learning to control the body.

“There is a lesson,” he said. “Before you feel hunger, but you cannot. You don’t obey your body. You show your body that you are in control.”

“But it is not punishment,” he added. “It is a celebration.”

“A lot of people cry yesterday because Ramadan is over,” Mounir said. “It is really something that we love.”

Asked about the separation of men and women, Mounir said, “It is a matter of respect.”

“We have our dialogues and they have their dialogues.”

The Eid feast was scheduled to go all day long.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Yasir Qadhi

    October 4, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Just wanted to clarify that a statement of mine was taken a bit out of theological context… I said to the audience that we, each one of us, needs to take on collectively the role of the prophets in spreading Islam to others, as there will be no prophets after us.

    I don’t think it was worded very precisely in the article. Of course I did not mean to imply that we are like prophets!

    Yasir

  2. unknown

    October 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    assalam u alikum,
    can anyone pls justify the need for taking photographs and its ruling in shariah for this purpose.coz i have seen people actually posing for pictures. wallahu a’alam

    May Allah guide us all to what is right.

  3. Asim

    October 4, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    wait didnt sh. yaser lead eid salah at six flags?

  4. Hassan

    October 4, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Asim said:

    wait didnt sh. yaser lead eid salah at six flags?

    Ikhtilaf of ummat is rehmat indeed

    • Hassan

      July 12, 2009 at 2:47 AM

      As-Salaam Alaikum Brother. The following is the conclusion of Shaykh Al-Albani and others.

      “Disagreement amongst my Ummah is a mercy” is a “baseless” hadith (Al-Albani in “Al-Da’eefa”, 11).

      Also “fabricated” is the hadith “My Companions are like the stars; whichever of them you follow, you will be rightly guided” (“Al-Da’eefa”, 66)

      The following is my observation: in conventional photography, light falls on photosensitive film and a negative is produced, and the photograph is developed by filtering light through the negative on to photosensitive paper. This is different from developing a photography using digital means – here, the printer is programmed to distribute ink in a similar manner as a highly skilled artist would distribute ink or paint on paper. Whether manually, or through photosensitive paper, or through a programmed machine, the end result is the same – a picture is produced, and angels do not enter a house in which there is a picture.

      Allahu A’lum.

  5. Umm Reem

    October 4, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    can anyone pls justify the need for taking photographs and its ruling in shariah for this purpose.coz i have seen people actually posing for pictures. wallahu a’alam

    these are digital photos!

  6. unknown

    October 5, 2008 at 2:26 AM

    jazakallahukhair for the response, but what is the difference digital photos and the other ones ……….i mean both are photos afteroll !!!……..

  7. digital photos

    October 5, 2008 at 3:20 AM

    digital is just magnetic data. a regular pic is actually printed out. some would argue that digital is not actually an “image” in that sense of the word. in any case, ppl need to realize its a valid ikhtilaaf among the scholars and not get their knickers all in a twist about it :)

  8. Abuadam

    November 22, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Either way it does not matter.
    Just don’t hang them up in your room.
    Keep the on the internet or in a Photobook

    Salaam aleikoem
    Abuadam

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