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Hindu statesman Zed welcomed by Muslims at Id al-Fitr celebrations in Sparks



In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Muslims welcomed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed to their Id al-Fitr celebrations in Sparks yesterday evening.

Welcoming Zed, Mahmoud Hendi, president of the Northern Nevada Muslim Community Center, listed Zed’s various efforts at bringing diverse faiths together and thus cohesiveness in the community.

Speaking on the occasion, Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, talked about building bridges despite seriously different faith traditions through dialogue and mutual trust. Dialogue would provide us mutual enrichment, Zed added.

American Muslims of Bangladeshi, Syrian, Somalian, Pakistani, Ethiopian, Jordanian, India, Moroccan, Egyptian, Palestinian, etc., origins reportedly came to Id al-Fitr celebrations in their ethnic best dresses to a sumptuous dinner which included various chicken and other meat dishes, biryani and various other rice formations, vegetables and lentils, sweet vermicelli, kheer, puddings, etc., to name a few.

Prayers from Quran (the scripture of Islam) were read, and Hendi listed various projects and achievements of NNMC. A temporary children’s playground containing inflatable bounce houses and slides was created for the occasion.

According to an estimate, there are about 2,000 Muslim families in northern Nevada of about two dozen national origins, with Bangladesh having the highest numbers as compared with other countries. NNMC was launched in 1980.

Id al-Fitr is celebrated on the breaking of the fast of Ramadan, the blessed ninth month of the Islamic year. Islam is the second most widespread religion in the world after Christianity with more than one billion followers, and Muslims constitute majority in about 48 countries and a considerable minority in many others. It is the third largest religion in USA. The word “Islam” means “submission/peace.” Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about a billion adherents, and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.

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