Thousands attend Eid-ul Fitar celebrations in Jersey City

Thousands gathered at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, NJ, April 10, 2024, to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitar. PHOTO: Mohammed Jaffer, Snapsindia

Thousands of Muslims hailing from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, gathered at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, April 10, 2024, to observe Eid ul-Fitr, marking the culmination of the 30-day Ramadan fasting period.

Thousands pray at the Eid-ul-Fitar celebration held in Lincoln Park, NJ, April 10, 2024. PHOTO: Mohammed Jaffer, Snapsindia

The inaugural prayers were led by Shaiq Aala of the Al Tawheed Islamic Center on West Side Avenue in Jersey City.

Former NJ Governor James McGreevey, currently running for Mayor of Jersey City, with members of the Muslim community, celebrating Eid-ul-Fitar, at Lincoln Park, NJ, April 10, 2024 PHOTO: Mohammed Jaffer, Snapsindia

Notable figures from the community, including former New Jersey Governor and current Jersey City Mayoral Candidate James Edward McGreevey, attended the event and extended greetings to the Muslim community.

The gathering in Lincoln Park underscored the significance of Eid al-Fitr as a time of spiritual renewal, communal prayer, and collective celebration, a press release on the event said. “It served as a poignant representation of the vibrant Islamic culture thriving within Hudson County,” organizers said.

Eid al-Fitr, translated as “the celebration of breaking the fast,” holds profound importance for Muslims worldwide, symbolizing gratitude and reflection after a month of daily fasting from dawn till sunset.

Beyond its religious significance, the celebration also serves as a reminder of the plight of the less fortunate, fostering empathy and compassion within the community.

Jersey City Council President Joyce Watterman speaking at the April 10, 2024, Eid-ul-Fitar celebration held in Lincoln Park, NJ. PHOTO: Mohammed Jaffer, Snapsindia

Other local officials present at the event included, among others, Jersey City Councilman Yousef J. Saleh, City Council President Joyce Watterman.

A native of the Jersey Heights, Councilman Saleh’s participation underscored his deep-seated ties to the community and highlighted his Palestinian heritage, further emphasizing the unity and strength inherent within Hudson County’s Muslim community, organizers said. They described the gathering also as “a public demonstration of solidarity and resilience, showcasing the unwavering commitment to different communities within Jersey City.”



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