Thousands mark end of Ramadan

September 20, 2009 3:37:26 PM PDT
Several thousand Muslims streamed into Toyota Park in Bridgeview Sunday to mark Eid al-Fatir, the end of the Ramadan fasting period. Muslims of all backgrounds arrived from throughout the Chicago region to pray and reflect. Families settled on prayer rugs that filled the stadium Sunday morning.

Ramadan stems to the time of the prophet Mohammed.

"It is one of the most joyful days of the community in the year, and a lot of people come from a lot of different places in the suburbs to celebrate the end of Ramadan after 30 days of fasting where we break the fast and celebrate giving thanks to God," said Safaa Zarzour, event organizer, Mosque Foundation.

Gov. Pat Quinn was also on-hand and said it was an honor and a privilege to speak to Illinois's Muslim community and celebrate the important holiday.


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