London: Muslims around the globe celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitrwith great religious fervor and festivity last week and this Eid has brought people of different religions and cultures closer together as Muslims in different part of the world invited their non-Muslims friends to their homes and celebrated the Eid with them.
According to different Muslims, especially living in non-Islamic countries, they love to celebrate Islamic events and festivals with their non-Muslims friends for not only showing solidarity but also showing the openness and welcomenessof Islam for people of other religions.
It was the scene of a house of a Muslim man, Abu Chaudhry, in a non-Islamic state at the occasion of Eid where people of all faiths and nationalities gathered for theEid celebration, held worldwide each year to signify the end of Ramadan.
“While Ramadan is the Muslim holy month, Eid is a celebration where Muslims and non-Muslims alike gather to celebrate friendship and togetherness,” said Abu Chaudhry.
“We may be from different backgrounds, but we are all the same,” he added.
At the celebration, a half-dozen South Asian appetizers including beharikabab and chicken biryani, prepared from scratch by NasimaChaudhry, welcomed the guests. While traditional desserts such as chamcham were served, the mix of cultures was evident by the presence of red velvet cupcakes.
“When we celebrate Eid, all I want is to be surrounded by my family and friends,” Nasima said while refilling the beharikabab dish after another wave of visitors showed up.
She added, “It looks like a lot of food, but the celebration will last into the night and all the food will be eaten.”
By then, the whole house was almost filled up by the guests belonging to different faiths, cultures and races but all had gathered to celebrate an Islamic festival. Smile was common on all their faces.
All the guests were also celebrating the occasion as they were also a part of the Muslim community. No one had grievances for any one and any religion.
They also shared their views with on the happy occasion. One of the Christian friends of Chaudhry family said that he visits the family almost every year on Eid and has found increasing guests every time as people of the city love to mix with other communities on their festivals regardless of religion and culture.
He said, “This is really a wonderful experience for me to be with a Muslim family on Eid and personally feel how flexible and open Islam is.”
“There is no harshness and compulsion in Islam and Muslims are friendly and sincere with all,” he concluded with a big smile on his face.