Croke Park hosts its biggest Eid celebration yet

An estimated 1,000 worshipers flocked to Croke Park this morning for the largest Eid celebration to date at the venue.

It is the third consecutive year that the stadium is hosting the event. The ceremony was initially moved to Croke Park to facilitate socially distanced prayer.

The number of visitors has increased rapidly from year to year, from 200 in 2020 to 500 last year.

On Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, Muslims commemorate Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

It is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar and follows the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

Eid al-Adha is the second biggest festival for Muslims after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and was celebrated in May.

The Eid prayer is prayed in open ground or parks, however Muslims in Ireland have previously prayed the Eid prayer in a mosque.

That was until 2020 when places of worship were closed due to the pandemic and Croke Park made the celebration possible instead.

This morning’s celebrations began at 8.30am and lasted until 10am – well ahead of this afternoon’s Tailteann Cup Final and All Ireland Football semi-finals.

The service was led by Skaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri of the Blanchardstown Mosque, who opened his sermon by thanking Croke Park for hosting the event.

“Three in a row. It seems Dublin’s Muslims are as fortunate as Dublin’s footballers,” he said.

“What started as a necessity, something that grew out of the pandemic and public health restrictions, has now become a tradition, has now become a celebration, an annual message from Ireland to the whole world that we, at least in this little corner Europe stay together despite our differences.

“We remain united despite our complicated and diverse layers of identity and that we choose hope over hate.

“By doing so, we are proving to the world that hatred and division are not inevitable. They are not human nature; they are not how society should be.

“Events like these are a model of living hope, not only here in Ireland, but also a message of hope to more troubled parts of the world that they too can and should hope for a better society, for reconciliation, for an end to division and hatred.”

Skaykh Qadri sent a message of support to Muslims in Belfast, whose place of worship has been the target of arson attacks twice in the last year. He thanked the members of Michael Davitts GAC, Belfast for allowing them to use their center to celebrate Eid this morning.

In his closing remarks, Skaykh Qadri called for a more equal society and an end to “misogyny” and “hatred”.

“As Christy Ring said about hurling, achieving significant social change is like carrying 100 bricks before you put one down, but those who have gone before us have shown us it can be done and it’s worth it” , he added.

“Events like today prove that people are at their best when they come together, in all their wonderful diversity and diversity, and when they say, ‘When we are united, we are one,’ they become change makers.”

Meanwhile, GAA President Larry McCarthy said he hopes the celebration will be held at Croke Park for many years to come.

“GAA has always been about people and the communities our clubs serve in communities around the world…an occasion like this certainly strengthens those connections,” he added.

Meanwhile in Belfast, Michelle O’Neill said Northern Ireland should be defined by its rainbow of cultures, not by the division between orange and green.

The Sinn Fein VP commented as she joined members of the Islamic community to celebrate Eid.

More than 1,000 people gathered on the playing fields of Davitts GAA Club in the west of the city for the largest open air Eid event ever organized in Northern Ireland.

Ms O’Neill, who is set to become Stormont’s first minister if or if the current power-sharing impasse is resolved, wore a hijab as she joined the prayers.

https://www.independent.ie/news/croke-park-hosts-its-largest-ever-eid-celebration-41827378.html Croke Park hosts its biggest Eid celebration yet

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