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Eid al-Fitr Celebration

April 10 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Bilal Ansari, Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, speaks at a Williams College Baccalaureate Service. Press photo courtesy of Williams College
Photo by Roman Iwasiwka

Everyone is invited to the Northern Berkshires’ second annual Eid al-Fitr Celebrations, held at Williams College in the New Davis Center.

Eid al-Fitr a festive occasion when Muslims bathe, put on their best clothes, and perfume before coming to the prayer. If you’re a non-Muslim guest, you may sit and observe the prayer and join folks during mealtime.

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME! – Muslims, their non-Muslim friends, spouses/partners, families, and children. Bilal Ansari, Assistant Vice President for Campus Engagement, will be leading the prayer and khutba after, and Williams students will join students from Bennington College.

What else: The celebration will have hot beverages and sweets/treats from the Islamic world and this unique region (cider doughnuts, etc.) after the sermon. There will also be a bounce house and other fun children’s activities. You may bring your own prayer mat for sanitary reasons.

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This is a second-time event in hopes of connecting the Muslim community that is hidden throughout southern Vermont, hill country of New York and Berkshire county. (Right now, local folk have to drive to Albany or Springfield for big events like this. The folk organizing this gathering hope to make connections and begin having more programs to support the burgeoning Muslim community in the area.

The organizers also say: “We need volunteers for set-up on Tuesday, April 9th, to put the prayer mats down and install direction signs. We’d need at least a couple of people at to help set-up food before the event on Wednesday morning too. Please email Muslim Chaplain Sidra Mahmood at sm45​​@williams​​.edu if you’re able to volunteer on Tuesday, April 9, at 2:30 to 5 p.m. or on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 a.m. for set-up and 9:30 a.m. for clean-up. We look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday morning! Wear your best clothes and come celebrate the spirit of Eid!”

Takbirat begin at 7:30 a.m., and Prayer and Khutba (sermon) end at 8:30 a.m. The celebration will take place outside Jenness House, in the amphitheater across from the Spring Street Parking Lot, at the Davis Center, 100 Morley St. in Williamstown (rain location: indoors) You can park in the Spring Street Parking Lot or on Spring Street.

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Event Details

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Date:
April 10
Time:
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Event Location

Williams College
880 Main St.
Williamstown, MA
(413) 597-3131

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