• Newsletters
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
°
Sunday, July 23, 2017
View complete forecast
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

Area Muslims mark end of Ramadan with communal prayer gathering

About 1,500 Muslims from Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana gathered at 9 a.m. Monday at The Plex North for communal prayer marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The men prayed together in the front of the group, and the women prayed together in the back. They have used The Plex North, which is located off California Road, for the prayer gathering for several years because it can accommodate the size of their group, has plenty of parking and is affordable, an organizer said. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)
About 1,500 Muslims from Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana gathered at 9 a.m. Monday at The Plex North for communal prayer marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The men prayed together in the front of the group, and the women prayed together in the back. They have used The Plex North, which is located off California Road, for the prayer gathering for several years because it can accommodate the size of their group, has plenty of parking and is affordable, an organizer said. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press
Monday, July 28, 2014 11:24 am
About 1,500 Muslims from Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana gathered at 9 a.m. Monday at The Plex North for communal prayer marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan."This is more of a thanksgiving feast," said Dr. Tariq Akbar, a local physician and president of the Universal Education Foundation, the local Islamic organization that was host for the prayer gathering. "People thank God he gives them the opportunity to fast during the month."

Ramadan is s time of prayer, reflection and fasting. Muslims abstain from food, drink and intimacy with their spouse from dawn to sunset.

It also is a time for Muslims to be even more charitable than they are called to be during the rest of the year, Akbar said. The money donated is used to help needy families enjoy the holiday of Eid ul-Fitr (pronounced Eed-al-Fitter), or "feast of fast breaking," which begins with the end of Ramadan.

During Eid ul-Fitr, Muslims gather at Islamic centers or in each others' homes to enjoy food, socialize with family or friends, and to exchange gifts, he said.

Comments

News-Sentinel.com reserves the right to remove any content appearing on its website. Our policy will be to remove postings that constitute profanity, obscenity, libel, spam, invasion of privacy, impersonation of another, or attacks on racial, ethnic or other groups. For more information, see our user rules page.
comments powered by Disqus