Changing face of Islam.
BARBADOS’ MUSLIM COMMUNITY is diversifying, as was shown at the Eid-al-Fitr festival yesterday.
Imam Ahmed, who conducted the prayer at the Wanderers Cricket Ground, Dayrells Road, St Michael, said there were Muslims from Panama, Trinidad, Iran and Senegal among other countries participating this year.
“Before you wouldn’t see that type of diversity; it is a reflection of the inclusiveness of Islam,” he said, adding the face of Islam was changing in Barbados.
The festival, which translates to Festival Of The Fast-Breaking, is held every year at the end of the month of fasting – Ramadan – to thank God for getting them through the past month. It is also a day where Muslims visit family and friends and partake in feasts.
Ahmed said that around 120 people took part at Wanderers, more than they expected. He said there was also a group at Passage Road, St Michael. (CA)
Here, Muslim women kneeling in prayer during the Eid-al-Fitr yesterday at Wanderers Cricket Ground. The open-air prayer commemorates the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)