Festive Eid-al-fitr lunch held in Lincolnwood
Chicago Indian American community stalwart Iftekhar Shareef hosted a festive Eid reception on May 13, 2021 in Lincolnwood, Illinois, in celebration of Eid-al-fitr. The Eid lunch reception encompassed exchange of greetings and ways each faith community can complement each other and inspire collaborative interfaith work that seeks to uplift humanity amidst the myriad tribulations the humankind is facing in these challenging times.
In a statement host Iftekhar Shareef extended Eid wishes to all of his friends of various faiths and said this year's Eid celebration is being observed somberly as many face growing anguish with the lethal variant of the COVID ravaging India and many parts of the world. Iftekhar Shareef further pledged that India would come out much stronger after the Covid faces eventual eradication.
He also pledged that the Indian Americans in Chicago would have grand India Independence Day celebrations and other major Indian festivals such as Diwali, Christmas, and Baisakhi after the departure of the Covid. Joined at the Eid reception includes Babu Marsha Patel, Keerthi Kumar Ravoori, Sanhita Agnihotri, Suresh Bodiwala, Satish Dadepogu, Sainath Reddy Boyapalli, Bhanu Swargam.Each of them greeted the family of Iftekhar Shareef and thanked the Shareef family for hosting a pleasant Eid reception.
"Wishing a joyous and blessed Eid al-Fitr to all those celebrating in the United States and around the world. May this day mark a new beginning and renewed commitment to community" by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris
President Joe Biden wishes Muslims in the U.S. and around the world to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, which will be marked at a White House ceremony on Sunday. "We were heartened to see Eid celebrations around the world, but we know that this year, the situation in the Holy Land is weighing heavily on Muslims everywhere, including our Muslim communities here in the United States," Biden says in a statement.