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Omar Suleiman: Celebrating Eid 2023 and the Importance of Community Building in Muslim America

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Discover how Muslim organizations across America celebrated Eid al-Fitr in 2023, after a challenging year, with joy and gratitude–from ICNA’s exciting Eid weekend to CAIR’s efforts to secure school accommodations and MAS’s all-around fun event. Yaqeen Institute’s Imam Omar Suleiman shares the importance of gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, and reconciliation during Eid. Join the Muslim community in celebrating Eid al-Fitr in a way that reflects the beauty and diversity of the faith—a blessed Eid to all Muslims across America and the world.

Eid 2023 with Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

ICNA is among the largest Muslim organizations in North America, and it played a significant role in organizing community events during Eid Al-Fitr. ICNA NJ organized an exciting Eid weekend that featured enjoyable indoor activities at the American Mall of New Jersey.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Eid 2023

In New Jersey, Muslim students can receive excused absences for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. However, the process can be challenging for some families, as it requires a note from a religious leader or masjid. CAIR New Jersey’s Eid holiday map shows the current status of Eid al-Fitr in public schools and urges school districts with a significant Muslim population to close for the top Muslim holidays. 

To create change, CAIR New Jersey invites Muslim high schoolers to join its Muslim Youth Ambassador Program, which trains them to become leaders in addressing public school accommodations while advocating for the Eid holiday. Together, we can work towards a future where more school districts recognize and honor the importance of these sacred holidays for Muslim students.

Muslim American Society (MAS)

MAS is a grassroots organization that empowers Muslim communities across America. The Muslim American Society of Staten Island annually reserves Midland Beach Park for Eid Prayers, which kick off with takbeerat, followed by a spiritual reminder from Sheikh Abdelrehman Badawy. It ends with joyful celebrations, where families can enjoy food, and children have access to toys, making it an all-around fun experience.

Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research Eid 2023

Yaqeen Institute is a research institution that provides accurate and authentic information about Islam. In 2023, Imam Omar Suleiman was featured on NBC News, discussing the significance of Eid Al-Fitr and how to celebrate it in a way that reflects the values of Islam. The event featured Imam Omar Suleiman, a prominent Islamic scholar, who spoke about the importance of gratitude and generosity during Eid.

Imam Suleiman highlighted the significance of giving during Eid Al-Fitr, stating that “it’s a time to give to those less fortunate. To give to those in need, to give to those who are suffering.” He also emphasized the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation. He stated, “Eid is a time to forgive, to let go of grudges, to reconcile with those we may have had issues with in the past.”

Omar Suleiman’s Message about Eid ul Fitr

Imam Suleiman’s message resonated with many Muslims across America who have been struggling with the effects of the pandemic and other challenges. His words reminded people that Eid Al-Fitr is a time to come together as a community, to support one another, and to reflect on the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them.

Eid Al-Fitr 2023 has been a time of joy, gratitude, and community for Muslims in America. Despite the challenges Muslims face, Muslim organizations across the country have come together to organize events that celebrate this special occasion. As we look forward to the future, we should continue to come together as a community, celebrating Eid Al-Fitr in a way that reflects the beauty and diversity of our faith.

Finally, as Imam Omar Suleiman stated in his message about Eid Al-Fitr, “May Allah accept all of our deeds and forgive all of our shortcomings. May He grant us the strength to continue to do good, to continue.”