Ismaili Jamatkhana Glenview invites faith leaders to Eid ul-Fitr luncheon

In Glenview, Illinois, a beautiful 26,000-square-foot house of worship and community center on 9.3. acres on Shermer Road north of Golf Road is known as Ismaili Jamatkhana. They hosted interfaith Eid ul-Fitr luncheon. Several Faith leaders and several Elected Officials showed up at the celebration of the Eid ul-Fitr on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

Over 200 people, including state and city officials and people of diverse faiths and backgrounds attended the event and Luncheon, which also featured musical entertainment by youth. The event was held at the Jamatkhana Social Hall. Which was nicely decorated.

"We are celebrating our religious festival Eid ul-Fitr between people from different faiths and cultures," said Midwest Council Communications Coordinator Karim Ukani.

The Program was emceed by Sabin Juma. She welcomes all guests to the Ismaili Jamatkhana to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr and join the luncheon. She also highlighted the Ismaili Community. She also highlighted about Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), also known as the Greater Eid and is the most important festival in the Muslim calendar.

The ceremony started with a recreation of the holy Quran by Qasim Glani followed by a translation by Pastor Sue Sommer from St. David's Episcopal. Welcome address conducted by the President of the Ismaili Council for the Midwest Imran Dhatwani.

In his welcome address Imran Dhatwani emphasized, "Today we are gathered here to show unity, cultural diversity, and friendship."

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was the Keynote Speaker, during the speech, Congressman said, " Eid is about bringing people together and celebrating this important festival and Ismaili community are promoting diversity and pluralism."

Speaking on this occasion, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle said, "I am honored to be here to learn about love and empathy and we have to build bridges and spread love between all faiths and cultures."

All the guest toured in the building and participated in a discussion about Islam and the believe.

State Rep. Denyse Stoneback, Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Chodri Khokhar President for Glendale Heights, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle, and other officials also attended the event. Consul General of Pakistan, Chicago Mr. Tariq Karim, Consul General of Bangladesh, Mr. Munir Chaudhry also attended the event with family.

Several types of food were served at the event. Most of the food was Indian, Pakistani, and American. The program was very well organized, prestigious, and enjoyed by the attendees and will be remembered for a long time.

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