Eid Al Adha fell on Monday 2nd of May, which was also the May bank holiday marking the beginning of summer. This Eid was our first proper Eid post Covid restrictions and lockdown, where people could attend the masjid for Eid prayer without registering and without the need for the two metres social distance. Community members came to pray in large numbers. It was a historic number of attendees for the ICCI for Eid, thus showing how large the Muslim community has grown. It was wonderful to see everyone in their Eid attire, greeting each other and meeting up with friends and family. ICCI staff greeted attendees, offered dates on arrival. There was one Eid prayer at 10am, followed by a khutbah by Sheikh Hussein. Tea/coffee, biscuits and sweets were distributed after prayer. Food stalls (Kanafeh Kingz, Munch, Falafel stall, candy floss, ice cream van and the Gold Olive restaurant BBQ) were on the grounds for people to get their lunch. Marvellous faces were with us again providing the balloon modelling and face painting for the children.
Our Mayor of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, TD Lettie McCarthy paid us a visit, taking time to visit with Sheikh Hussein and also to walk around greeting the community and visiting the different stalls.
Many thanks to our Community Gardaí for coming along on the day.
Special thanks goes to Bird Avenue Church, the rugby club and also UCD for allowing us to use their carparks as overflow for the community.
We hope everyone enjoyed their Eid and had a very special day. May Allah accept our fasting and our deeds. Ameen.
Below are just some links to Eid messages and coverage of Eid day at the ICCI.
Eid Message from President Higgins
RTE News coverage of Eid
Eid Prayer in Dublin