After a month of fasting, some of the town’s Muslims marked the passing of Ramadan and the onset on Eid with food, music and celebrations.
Some 150 men, women and children from Millat-e-Jaffariya, who worship out of Cherry Lane Cricket Club, Langley Green, met at the Civic Hall on Saturday (July 26).
They were joined by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Brenda Smith, the youth mayor Hajid Hussain and guests including Gary Davies, of the Crawley Lions.
Eid, which is also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting during which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset.
Naturally, food was high on the agenda when it came to Saturday’s celebrations – and everyone in the community rallied round to make sure a good time was had by all.
Former youth mayor, Tumsil Abbas, 18, said: “As it was coming to the end of Ramadan it was a moment of reflection on how the month had been and to celebrate.
“There was a lot of food! We had a buffet that was made by some of the mothers. They volunteered to take on the preparation of a certain dish each.”
Tumsil explained that Millat-e-Jaffariya essentially translated to mean a group coming together as a community, which certainly went well this time. Two Maulana (teachers) – Musharas Hussaini and Zasar Abbas – came down from London to join the celebration.
Tumsil said: “The whole event was absolutely amazing.
“We had about 20 volunteers running stalls. There was a treasure hunt, face painting and a Fifa football stall.”
The lack of a permanent home meant this Eid get-together was the first the Millat-e-Jaffariya community had been able to host. While grateful to be able to worship out of the cricket club, the community hopes to eventually have its own Mosque.
Tumsil said: “We’re trying to structure our community.
“I don’t know the whole process we would have to go through but that is being discussed by the elders.”