Muslims Extend Invitation for Eid

December 28, 2006

Author: Tal Abbady

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel,0,582047.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

Given 2,000 years of religious conflict, and current events, it's easy to forget that Christians, Muslims and Jews come from the same biblical stock.

As thousands of South Florida Muslims prepare for one of the holiest days on the Islamic calendar, Maulana Shafayat Mohamed wants to bring that point home.

"We all follow the same Abrahamic faith and we come from the same Abrahamic family," said Mohamed, head of the Darul Uloom Islamic Institute in Pembroke Pines.

About 3,000 worshippers are expected to attend a celebration at the center's mosque Saturday to mark the Eid ul-Adha, or Festival of Sacrifice. Local religious leaders of other faiths have been invited to join the observance.

Thousands of Palm Beach County Muslims will attend a service in West Palm Beach on Sunday, following the date set by U.S. Muslim scholars, whereas Broward County Muslims are following religious authorities in Saudi Arabia.