USA: Detroit’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Celebrates Eid-ul-Adha amidst the COVID-19 pandemic – A Report

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(R-L packing the sweet and gift for children Naseem khan, Mubshar Mirza, Maqbool Ahmad president of Ahmadiyya Muslim community, behind Mr Usman Mangla)

Report by Muhammad Ahmad, Detroit MI USA


The year 2020 has been a unique year with the nation facing risks of the widespread Covid-19 pandemic with many state and federal agencies limiting non-essential businesses and restricting public gatherings. Under these circumstances, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at (Community) members across the US were advised to offer the Eid prayers at their homes. National umur-e-amma department circulated respected Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad sahib National Ameer’s (head) instructions regarding Eid along with ‘Eid-ul-Adha Home Guide’ to offer the Eid prayers at homes.

Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Celebrates Eid-ul-Adha amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Although members were not able to offer the Eid prayers at the Mosque, Detroit Jama’at distributed gift packs of traditional sweets and chocolates to each family home to share happiness at this blessed and happy occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

Many members spent hours to arrange, prepare and distribute the Eid gift pack to each family.

Most of the Jama’at members offered Eid prayers with their families at their homes. Eid prayers were followed by Eid Sermon that included a summary of the Eid sermon of Khalifat-ul-Masih V, his holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba). Salient points of Huzur’s Eid sermon were mentioned in the summary. At the conclusion of Eid Sermon, silent prayers were offered.

A small number of members (men, women and children) offered Eid prayers at Masjid Mahmood as well who don’t have families . Missionry Shamshad Nasir led the Eid prayers and gave the Eid Sermon where he read the key points from the Eid Sermon of Huzur (aba) delivered on July 31, 2020.

Referring to Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul-Masih V (aba) Eid Sermon, Imam Shamshad mentioned that Huzur said, “Today we are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, known as the festival of sacrifice. It serves as a reminder of that example of sacrifice set over 4000 years ago. Despite so much time having elapsed, the believers have kept this memory alive and it has not diminished. Yet there will be those who celebrate this Eid merely as a festival, who sacrifice animals merely as an occasion of happiness. However, a true believer remembers the importance of that sacrifice and the spirit of that sacrifice and remembers it as it should be remembered.”

Huzur further said, “recounting this sacrifice of a father and son makes a true believer emotional. There are certain pains in the world which one forgets eventually, and they move on with life. But this incident is one which God Almighty preserved in the Holy Qur’an, thus making it a memory, and a standard for eternity; and how lofty an example it is. A man reaches close to the age of 90 and only then is granted a son. Then he receives the commandment from God to sacrifice his only son. How great an example of sacrifice this is of Abraham (as), that upon hearing this commandment he lay his son down and was ready to sacrifice him.”

(R-L praying Aleesa , Malahat and Zoya)

Missionry Shamshad Nasir also read the message of National Ameer Mirza Maghfoor Ahmad and concluded the sermon with silent prayers and conveyed Eid Mubarak to all members.

In his message Sadr Jama’at, Maqbool Tahir sahib said, “I hope we had the opportunity to celebrate this Eid at the Mosque and meet each other but due to current situation this is not possible. Your Halqa Nagran will deliver a small Eid gift for your family today or tomorrow from Detroit Jama’at Inshallah. Eid Mubarak to you and your family”

May Allah reward abundantly all the volunteers who not only prepared the Eid gifts packs but also delivered to member homes, Ameen


 

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