Report by: Azhar Ahmad, Chicago
“Win the pleasure of God and serve humanity” – this is the lesson from the blessed month of Ramzan, said Imam Shamshad
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Chicago celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan with prayers and Eid festival.
The Eid-ul-Fitr this year fell on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016. Ahmadi Muslims from all over Chicago as well as outside Chicago, gathered at the Masjid Baet-ul-Jaamay mosque in Glen Ellyn for Eid prayers. A total of around 850 men, women, children from all walks of life, ages, nationalities and ethnicity arrived at the mosque dressed in their festive best. The prayers started promptly at 10 am, lead by Imam Shamshad Nasir after which he delivered Eid sermon.
Imam Shamshad, exhorted the congregation to never forget the spirit of sacrifice and abstention from evil that Ramadan inculcated in all of us. He said that the Satan that Allah promises to be chained in Ramadan, is the inner satan in all of us, which incites us to do evil. We must endeavor to not let this satan free, but keep it under restraint the rest of the year and all our lives as well, through the self-discipline and the spirit of sacrifice that we learned in Ramadan.
Imam Shamshad conveyed the Eid Mubarak to all on behalf of his holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May God strengthen his hand) to community members.
Imam Nasir also read a message from Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad, the Amir of USA Jamaat.
Imam Nasir then reminded that as we tried our best to worship Allah in Ramzan we should continue it and at the same time we should treat our wives and children and friends, and neighbors in kind manners. We should pray for the successes of this our country USA where we live and enjoy freedom of to exercise our faith freely.
After the sermon, the members wished each other with the traditional “Eid Mubarak” greeting and hugs. Young and old, children and adults congratulated each other upon successful completion of Ramadan.
Prizes were distributed among those children who had completed at least one reading of the Quran in Ramzan and those who have memorized 10 conditions of Bai’t and those who had graduated from their schools.