The large Muslim population in New York observed the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr on Thursday May 13 with prayers and traditional fervor and charitable contributions. The feasts are missing this year because of Covid.
Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the period of dawn to dusk fasting known as Rojah among Caribbean Muslims. During the period of Ramadan, people repented and sought forgiveness from God. He is infinitely merciful to the creatures who seek a way of return to Him. People fasted for blessings for the entire month of Ramadan and celebrated their achievement with the marking of Eid.
According to the Koran, whoever has faltered has the opportunity of restoration through regret and contrition. Many kept fast as Muslims do in Guyana.
In normal time, Masjids were usually packed to capacity for Ramadan including the main one on Liberty Avenue, Al Abidin, on 126 Street and the Jama Masjid at 102 Street and 95th Ave. And one could have heard the azan over the microphone during the day and every evening from half a mile away for the breaking of the fast. This year saw restricted observances to protect gatherings against Covid. In Richmond Hill, Guyanese attired in colourful Islamic garb visited masjids for night prayers that normally ended around 8 p.m.
Muslims were well attired for nightly breaking of fast and Thursday for Eid.
People put on their best, most colourful clothing – traditional kurthas, fancy Nehru suits, and shalwar kameez.