Sermons on Eid khutba, the observance which one Muslim described as “like the State of the Union address”, addressed many topics. Omar Sacirbey of Religion News Service leads with this summary: “[M]any imams across the country noted a growing climate of acceptance in America but urged Muslims not to forget the problems facing their communities in the U.S. and overseas.”
Sacirbey’s “What imams talk about during Eid” has its finger on the pulse of Muslim congregations in America during Eid:
“Our community is at a unique crossroads,” [Suhaib] Webb [of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center] said, issuing a call for older Muslim generations to allow younger generations to have greater roles in community affairs. “There are a lot of young people with a lot of excitement, and a lot of old people with a lot of fear. And that’s not a healthy thing.”
Civic involvement including activism around immigration, government surveillance, and anti-racism:
Muzammil Siddiqi, the imam at the Islamic Society of Orange County (Calif.) and a member of the Fiqh Council of North America, urged Eid worshippers to be involved in civic affairs. He said they should support pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, protest government surveillance policies, and participate in the NAACP’s anti-racism program.
In a progressive Islamic congregation, services were led by an openly gay person:
Some congregations celebrating Eid were much smaller but showed an increasingly diverse Muslim-American landscape. The Los Angeles chapter of Muslims for Progressive Values was expecting several dozen worshippers at its Eid service, where the khutba was going to be given by a young gay member of the community.
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A report by Voice of America tracks the Eid celebrations worldwide, which were peaceful except in Pakistan:
Worshippers gathered in mosques in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, to begin the celebrations Thursday.
Celebrations are going on in much of Asia and the Middle East, including in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites.
Crowds of worshippers prayed and celebrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, while Egypt’s interim leaders attended prayers at a mosque in the capital.
U.S. President Barack Obama wished Muslims a “blessed and joyful celebration,” citing the traditions of Ramadan as ones that serve as a reminder to be grateful and compassionate.