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Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Glen Ellyn mosque

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  • Video: Celebrating the nd of Ramadan

  • Following his sermon, Imam Shamshad Nasir greets fellow worshippers as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates the end of Ramadan at its Glen Ellyn mosque.

       Following his sermon, Imam Shamshad Nasir greets fellow worshippers as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates the end of Ramadan at its Glen Ellyn mosque.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • More than 500 attended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's celebration of the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.

       More than 500 attended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community's celebration of the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • During prayer, more than 500 people in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrated the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.

       During prayer, more than 500 people in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrated the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Haris Ahmed, director of public affairs of the Chicago West Chapter, greets a fellow worshipper as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates the end of Ramadan.

       Haris Ahmed, director of public affairs of the Chicago West Chapter, greets a fellow worshipper as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community celebrates the end of Ramadan.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • A worshipper listens to Imam Shamshad Nasir's sermon.

       A worshipper listens to Imam Shamshad Nasir's sermon.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community prays and celebrates the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.

       The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community prays and celebrates the end of Ramadan at their Glen Ellyn mosque.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
By Safiya Merchant
smerchant@dailyherald.com

Muslim families celebrated Eid al-Fitr -- a holiday marking the end of Ramadan -- Tuesday with food and activities at a Glen Ellyn mosque.

The religious service for the day began at 10:30 a.m. at the mosque near the intersection of Route 53 and McCarron Road. There also were activities, including a moon walk for kids, and refreshments.

An awards ceremony was to be held to recognize students who have graduated or earned special academic achievements, as well as those who finished reading the Quran during the month of Ramadan, according to Samrah Ahmad, the media assistant for Imam Shamshad Nasir.

Ramadan is a month where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Through fasting, participants learn lessons of tolerance and patience and it helps them understand how those who have no food feel, Ahmad said.

"We don't fast on Eid day, so we enjoy and we're thankful to God because God has blessed us with so many things," she said.

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