Day 31 – Eid Al Fitr – Drive-Thru Barbecue – Masjid Dar As Salam – Muslim Society of PEI – 15 MacAleer Drive – Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island


a holiday that marks the end of 30 days of fasting during Ramadan,

was marked with a drive-thru barbecue instead of a large gathering to pray, celebrate and share food.

“It’s really an opportunity for people to see each other, at least from a distance,”

said Esseghaier.

He estimates that the Muslim community on Prince Edward Island totals almost 1,000 people,

many living in the Charlottetown area.

He said during a time that’s usually focused on togetherness,

it’s not easy to be apart.

But the global health pandemic has also made this Ramadan special in terms of supporting more time to reflect and to connect with family.

“It could be seen as a humbling experience, and also a reminder that there are a lot of things that are more important than what our worldly life is all about,” said Esseghaier.

One example, he said, is the way declining pollution levels during the pandemic have made clear the way daily routines impact the environment.

“So there might be some lessons that could be also learned from a pandemic.

And I hope that we will heed those lessons as well.”

He said it’s also been an opportunity to witness the strength and resilience of individuals and communities.

“I’m always amazed at the type of solidarity that develops among people in difficult times,” said Esseghaier.

“And I think in Canada we have shown very clearly that when things get tough,

people come together and support and help each other,

which is which is another silver lining as well.”

“The Muslim Society of PEI was in the process of arranging Eid prayer venue and Charlottetown Police provided assistance in securing the venue,

but Eid prayer plans were called off at the last moment to provide more safety and compliance with public health guidance.

The President of the Muslim Society of the PEI presented a gift to Charlottetown Police in appreciation and gratitude for their efforts.”

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