‘Celebrating with sadness’: Muslims in Canada mark sombre Eid, some without health restrictions

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Haseeb Azhar says it felt unusual hugging a Muslim co-worker and person successful Edmonton arsenic helium wished him a blessed Eid.

“Some radical were hesitating — it felt precise weird,” said the manager astatine a alloy manufacturing company.

“Since it was a weekday, I had to spell backmost to enactment aft to decorativeness up my meetings. Later we’re gathering with household and friends and celebrating without immoderate restrictions.”

Muslims crossed Canada are celebrating a sombre Eid-ul-Adha this week arsenic immoderate stitchery successful idiosyncratic for the archetypal clip since the pandemic began, portion others proceed commemorating the festival portion maintaining a harmless distance.

READ MORE: Eid during COVID-19: How Muslims are celebrating successful the 2nd twelvemonth of restrictions 

Azhar’s wife, Amanah Khursheed, says it’s been hard to observe the four-day festival arsenic attacks against Muslim women emergence successful parts of the state and aft a Muslim household was killed successful wide daylight during a locomotion successful London, Ont., past month.

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Terrorism charges person since been filed against the antheral who constabulary accidental targeted the household with his motortruck due to the fact that of their faith.

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Elsewhere, astatine slightest 10 Black Muslim women person been attacked successful Edmonton since December 2020. Police person besides received astatine slightest 3 reports of attacks against Muslim women successful Calgary. A bulk of them wore a hijab.

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But Azhar and Khursheed person been gathering with loved ones for Eid.

“There’s decidedly much appreciation,” Khursheed said arsenic the odor of biryani, kebabs and naan filled the country astir her. “The kids are overwhelmed and excited that we’re having radical over.”

Unlike her husband, she’s not definite she is acceptable to hug radical — contempt each COVID-19 wellness restrictions being lifted successful Edmonton.

But she’s excited to yet stock a home-cooked meal.

“There’s an abundance of food,” she said. “The institution and the nutrient unneurotic is astonishing aft truthful agelong (but) we inactive privation to beryllium cautious and marque definite everybody’s safe.”

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While the household is inviting guests into their home, Nazreena Anwar is celebrating Eid successful the Rockies with her husband.

“We’re camping and hiking,” she said during their thrust toward Jasper, Alta.

“I’m gladsome the satellite is dilatory getting backmost to mean but, truthfully, I’m a spot acrophobic inactive astir the virus. That’s wherefore we’re going to bespeak and commune to God successful the mountains.”

Eid-ul-Adha translates to the “festival of the sacrifice.” It marks the extremity of Hajj, the five-day pilgrimage Muslims undertake to cleanse the psyche of sins and instil a consciousness of equality and charity.

It besides commemorates the sacrifice made by the Muslim Prophet Ibrahim erstwhile his religion was enactment to the trial and helium was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ismail. During the festival, Muslims sacrifice an carnal — usually a goat, sheep oregon cattle — and administer the nutrient among family, neighbours and the poor.

Rania Lawendy, a assembly subordinate of the Muslim Association of Canada, says Muslims are drafting from Ibrahim’s lessons of sacrifice, charity, and togetherness to tackle the increasing challenges the assemblage has been facing.

“We are celebrating with a spot much sadness with everything that’s been going on,” she said.

“People are blessed but they’re besides solemn. We can’t forget. We cognize there’s a batch of things happening (and) that Islamophobia is connected the rise.

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“We privation to spot the scenery displacement successful Canada. This is not the Canada we cognize and love. There’s a batch we tin bash to extremity systemic xenophobia and there’s a batch of Muslim leaders pushing the government. And the government, hopefully, volition respond successful a precise affirmative way.”

In Ontario, wherever immoderate restrictions remain, she said astir 6,000 Muslims were capable to stitchery for the archetypal clip astatine Ontario Place to commemorate the festival.

She said the association’s 13 mosques crossed the state besides held accustomed prayers, wherever immoderate were capable to buss and hug 1 another. Others maintained a two-metre region that’s go mean now, she said.

Lawendy said galore stayed aft prayers to sermon the 61 calls to enactment precocious released by the National Council of Canadian Muslims.

The database of argumentation recommendations for each 3 levels of governments successful Canada code convulsive and systemic forms of Islamophobia.

The assembly is hosting a nationalist acme to code the recommendations Thursday.

“I would promote everyone to privation idiosyncratic a blessed Eid,” Lawendy said.

“We each privation to unrecorded a bully life, beryllium decent radical and physique a large state for our children, and that takes sacrifice. That’s truly benignant of the taxable of Eid too.”

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