Muslims and friends mark Eid
Last Saturday, Muslims in Barbados commemorated the breaking of their fast with a grand feast.
Non-Muslims and members of the religious faith gathered at Bengal To Barbados author Sabir Nakhuda’s Wanstead, St James home for an afternoon of fun and laughter, after partaking of delectible eats and treats, as they marked Eid.
Eid, also called Feast Of Breaking The Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated worldwide by Muslims, marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Justice William Chandler, Regional Police Training Centre Commandant Rodney Archer, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands, Barbados Boy Scouts Chief Commissioner Dr Nigel Taylor and radio call-in moderator John Lovell, along with a few other prominent Barbadians, took part in the festival.
The Muslims, particularly the women, were adorned in their finest. And also looking the part was CBC TV host Rosemary Alleyne in impressively striking dress and headwear.
Barbados TODAY chatted with some of the non-Muslims present on how they viewed the feast and exactly what they understood about it.
According to Senator Husbands, he always participated in the feast, as he had been a friend of Nakhuda’s for years. He said it was always great to attend Eid, which reminded him of Christmas and Easter on the Christian calendar.
“I enjoy coming every year,” Husbands said.
Justice Chandler said he believed the only way people from different cultures could understand and respect each other’s was through interacting at events such as the feast.
Commandant Archer agreed completely with Justice Chandler. He said that at the training centre a course in Policing Diverse Cultures had included because management recognized the importance of officers being familiar with the varying cultures.
“It is very important that people can socialize with one another and understand how people live their lives, and respect what they do in their day-to-day living,” Archer said.
Dr Taylor said the feast worked well for the building and celebration of community life and community spirit.
“It is critical these days to recognize that though there are diverse differences in theologies and religion, there are some things that are very common,” he explained.