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Muslims across US remember Palestine, Pakistan in Eid prayers

Large number of people, including women and children, offer Eid prayers in various mosques across US

By Raja Zahid Akhtar Khanzada
April 11, 2024

DALLAS: Muslims across the United States (US) marked Eid-ul-Fitr with prayers for the people of Palestine, seeking their freedom from Israeli oppression, and for the development and prosperity of Pakistan. 

With the Muslim community observing the auspicious occasion, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, with religious fervour and zeal Eid prayers offered in hundreds of mosques in the US state of Texas in Houston, Dallas and other cities.

Mufti Dr Abdul Wahid led the Eid prayers at Darul Uloom Houston, whereas Allama Babar Rahmani led the prayers at Carlton's Madina mosque.

Large number of people, including women and children, participated in Eid prayers in Epic Irving, Masjid Valley Ranch, Dar El Eman Arlington, and other mosques.

Meanwhile, Eid prayers at more than 60 mosques were organised in Dale country alone.

People attend Eid-ul-Fitr khutba at a mosque in the United States. — Reporter
People attend Eid-ul-Fitr khutba at a mosque in the United States. — Reporter

Following the prayers, as per the tradition, people embraced and greeted each other; whereas, some even visited the cemeteries to offer prayers at the graves of their loved ones.

All public and private offices and educational institutions in Texas granted holidays to Muslim employees and students on the auspicious occasion of Eid.

However, Eid celebrations in Pennsylvania were marred by violence after multiple people were injured in a firing incident at the Clara Muhammad Square park in Philadelphia.

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when two groups opened fire at each other at the site where around 1,000 people were gathered to celebrate Eid.

Although no casualties have been reported so far, as many as three people are said to have sustained injuries in the incident which saw around 30 rounds being fired, Fox29 News reported.

Meanwhile, the police have taken five people into custody and have confiscated five weapons from the incident site.