Austin’s Muslim population, which has grown exponentially in the last decade with a current estimate of over 10,000, is celebrating Ramadan this holy month leading up to Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, June 25.
For Muslims, Ramadan is a time to reflect on the poor and homeless who suffer from hunger, and also offers an opportunity for the faithful to break their fast with a meal, known as iftar, at the close of day with Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan and the start of a feast that lasts up to three days in some countries. Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday that involves the faithful rising early for prayer either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. Many Muslims dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations. Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
The Austin Muslim community invites those from other faith traditions to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in style, with food and fun with family and friends.
The Austin area is home to seven thriving mosques. Check their websites for more information about Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.
Nueces Mosque. 1906 Nueces Street. www.nuecesmosque.com
Islamic Center of Greater Austin. 5110 Manor Road. www.austinmosque.org
Islamic Ahlul Bayt Society.12460 Los Indios Trail. www.iaba-austin.org
North Austin Muslim Community Center. 11900 North Lamar Blvd. www.namcc.org
Masjid Ibrahim. 1701 W. Ben White Blvd. #3. www.masjidibrahim.org
Islamic Center of Brushy Creek. 1950 Brushy Creek Road. www.icbrushycreek.org
Islamic Center Of Round Rock. 1951 Hampton Lane. www.rrmasjid.com