More than 1,000 Muslims celebrate Eid at Flint Islamic Center

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SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) - (07/06/16) - Muslims all around the world celebrated Eid on Wednesday, which is the end of Ramadan.

In Mid-Michigan more than a thousand people crowded into the Flint Islamic Center for services and a celebration.

“Eid Mubarak!” said Einas Abutalib from Grand Blanc.

That means, “Happy Eid,” and at the Flint Islamic Center it’s definitely a happy day.

Eid marks the end of a month of fasting from sunup to sundown.

"We get closer to God through this idea. We feel a little bit of what it feels like to be hungry. It gets us closer to other people in terms of people who are less fortunate than us. But even more importantly it's a constant awareness. All day you're thinking about why am I doing this?" said Dr. Jawad Shah, who’s on the board of the Flint Islamic Center and also a local neurosurgeon.

Wednesday morning people packed into the mosque to pray and listen to a sermon.

“Eid is now a celebration of that month of getting closer to God and then tasting the fruits of all of that. So it's really kind of the end of a spiritual journey,” said Dr. Shah.

As Eid is the first time in a month Muslims can break fast, there was plenty of food and treats at the Mosque Wednesday. Eid is also a time for kids to get gifts, and families to get together.

"We’re done fasting and everyone's just so happy and you celebrate with family and friends and food and gifts, and yeah it's a fun time,” said Muneera Ahmed from Grand Blanc.

"It’s mixed feelings because it's a holiday; Ramadan is like leading up to a good holiday, Eid. At the same time Ramadan is a fun time and it just went by so fast this year,” said Einas Abutalib.

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