About 100 East Grand Forks-area residents and guests from cities as far as St. Paul, Minn., celebrated Eid al-Adha on Sunday, Aug. 11.
Filling the gym at East Grand Forks High School, they prayed, chatted, laughed, hugged and wrangled children. Outside, Abdirisak Duale, the president of the Al-huda Islamic Center of East Grand Forks, greeted attendees in Somali as they headed into the school’s gym. The area Muslim community, he told the Herald, includes Somalis and other African Muslims, people of Arabic heritage and Americans.
Sunday was the second, and more culturally significant, of two Eid -- rhymes with “feed” -- celebrations on the Muslim calendar. The first, Eid al-Fitr, celebrates the end of Ramadan in early June. Eid al-Adha lines up with the journey to Mecca all Muslims are expected to make once in their lifetime.
Duale said he wanted to tell the broader East Grand Forks and Grand Forks community that “we are one community.”
“We are part of the community,” he told the Herald. “We want to walk together, we want to respect each other .... We love our neighborhood.”
A similar Eid celebration was held on the same day in Grand Forks.