Muslims celebrate holiday – Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2005

Muslims celebrate holiday – Carroll County Times Jan. 21, 2005

Muslims celebrate holiday By Jaime Bloss, Times Staff Writer Friday, January 21, 2005 updated 15Mar2019 due to a link that no longer works…

BRENDAN BUSH/STAFF PHOTO Muslims kneel in prayer as they meet for a community gathering to commemorate the holiday of Eid al-Adha at the Best Western in Westminster.

About 50 Muslim men, women, and children assembled in Westminster Thursday morning for the first community gathering for holiday prayers to commemorate Eid al-Adha.

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Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff spoke after the prayers Thursday morning.

“We all share a common belief in our families, we all share a common belief in our community, and we all share a common belief in God,” Dayhoff said.

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After removing their shoes, attendees sat or knelt on sheets laid out on one side of the room. The people sat in rows, with the men in front and women and children in the back.

Before the start of the holiday prayers, which were spoken in Arabic, some male attendees focused on traditional holiday chants, said only twice a year.

Mohamed Esa, who helped to organize the prayer event at the Best Western Catering and Conference Center, addressed the group before the imam, or prayer leader, began the prayers.

“We are truly making history today …. Today, we are truly a Muslim community in the making,” Esa said.

Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael, his first son, as commanded by God, known as Allah in Arabic.

After seeing Abraham’s dedication to him, God sent a sheep to be sacrificed in Ishmael’s place.

The feast of sacrifice is part of the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, where the prophet Mohammed first received the Quran holy book.

Muslims try to this make this pilgrimage once in their lifetimes. During the hajj, the pilgrims focus on prayer and meditation.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated worldwide with the sacrifice of a sheep or goat, a portion of which is given to the poor.

“In addition to, or instead of, sacrificing an animal, this year, many Muslims opted to donate money to the tsunami victims,” Esa said.

Members of the Carroll County Islamic community have donated more than $5,000 in the past two weeks for tsunami relief in Sumatra and Sri Lanka, he said.

Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff spoke after the prayers Thursday morning.

“We all share a common belief in our families, we all share a common belief in our community, and we all share a common belief in God,” Dayhoff said.

Some of those gathered for the holiday prayers were meeting other Muslims in the area for the first time, said Sohail Mahmood of Westminster, who attended with his wife and children.

In previous years, Muslims in Carroll had to travel to Washington, D.C., or the Baltimore area to worship.

“We’ve never had this before,” said Mahmood. “We made history.”

Waqar Ahmed, who helped plan the event, hoped misunderstandings about their religion could be cleared up through this event and similar events in the future.

“We are a very peaceful, loving people,” said Ahmed, of Westminster.

A group of doctors in Westminster began gathering in one of their offices in August to participate in prayers, according to Dr. Syed Hosain, an event organizer.

Other Muslims found out about the gathering and began attending.

The group moved from meeting in the offices to a room in a local hotel.

After outgrowing that space, pastors at the Westminster Church of the Brethren agreed to let them use the church’s basement to gather, he said.

The church’s pastors have been supportive in allowing them to use the space, Hosain said.

“I think we’ve been very blessed,” Hosain said.

Now 25 to 30 people get together for Friday prayers in the basement of the Westminster Church of the Brethren, he said.

“I never realized there were so many Muslims in Westminster,” Hosain said. “It was wonderful to find out.”

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