NEW YORK, Oct 5 – Heavy rain and strong winds did not prevent Muslims in the Big Apple from celebrating Aidiladha with family and friends. Mosques in the city and borough were packed early Saturday morning with people performing their Aidiladha prayers. The Malaysian community gathered at the Malaysian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN) for their prayers, led by Sharulmiza Zakaria, who hails from Kelantan and works for a government agency that has an office in the city.
After the prayers, Shahrulmiza read out a sermon titled, ‘Aidil Adha Pengorbanan Yang Sejati’ (Aidil Adha True Sacrifice) prepared by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Also there to join in the celebrations were Malaysian Permanent Representative to the UN, Datuk Hussein Hanif, Malaysian Consul-General in New York, Abdul Razak Abdul Wahab and heads of department of government agencies in the city.
Traditional delicacies such as the ‘nasi minyak’, ‘ayam percik’, ‘sambal sotong’, ‘dalca’ and ‘mee rebus’ were prepared by Perwakilan New York (Ladies Association of the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in New York) run by the wife of the Malaysian Permanent Representative to the UN, Datin Sharifah Raguan Syed Ismail.
Meanwhile, the Al-Hikmah Mosque run by Indonesians, which is located in Woodside, Queens, was filled with people whose prayers were led by a popular Imam in New York, Imam Shamsi Ali, an Indonesian who is also president of the Nusantara Foundation New York. A Bangladeshi living in Jackson Heights told Bernama that they cancelled plans to pray together in the premises of The Bangladesh building between 37th Avenue and Broadway on 73rd Street because of the heavy rainfall.
“We usually get permission from the administration of the city to close the street between 37th Avenue to Broadway along 73rd street to allow us to gather and perform the morning prayers on Eid. Unfortunately, because of heavy rain, we have to pray at the mosque twice,” he said on Saturday. Sacrficial rituals were also carried out, but done privately and by slaughterhouses as laws in the United States do not allow slaughter activities in the open.