Prayers and community values expressed at Eid al-Fitr festival

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Melbourne, VIC:“Peace, brotherhood and community values” — that was the main message evoked by Al-Taqwa College’s Principal Mr Omar Hallak at the Eid al-Fitr celebrations in West Melbourne.

By 8am on 29 July, a huge crowd of over 3,000 people had gathered around Melton and Wydham City Council area to enjoy a day of prayer, entertainment and of course a large feast – including some fine Australian lamb.

Eid al-Fitr festival marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting from sunrise to sunset, and usually culminates in a great celebration where children are given gifts and presents.

The event was no exception as an array of ponies and children’s rides arrived to squeals of delight from young onlookers.

Speaking at the festival MrHallak stressed the importance of young people’s role in the community to create and maintain good Muslim “Ummah” — or the collective community of Islamic peoples.

The ceremony was also attended by local CouncillorIntaj Khan, who along with other prominent community leaders, offered a prayer on this holy day.

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