Continuing our tradition of sharing reflections on Eid (see our posts from Eid-ul-Adha last year, in two parts, and from Eid-ul-Fitr this year), today we’ll be posting four reflections from Eid last week, written by Eren, Izzie, Krista, and Shireen.
It’s becoming a tradition for me to travel from Montreal to Toronto each Eid. The women’s spaces in mosques here in Montreal aren’t great, with few options for people who want to listen to a khutba (sermon) in English or French (not Arabic) and be able to actually see and hear the imam from the women’s section. After a few disasters, I’ve mostly given up, and happily make the trek to spend Eid with the El-Tawhid Juma Circle in Toronto instead, with the side bonus of getting to hang out with friends and family there, including a few MMW writers! As I wrote when talking about the El-Tawhid Eid prayer last year, it’s a space where our access to the khutba and prayer is not determined by our gender, which for me makes a big difference in my Eid experience.
This year’s Eid-ul-Adha prayer was similar to last year’s in terms of the diverse congregation and inclusive atmosphere, and I love that this inclusivity and equal access has become the new normal in my Eid experiences. What stands out in particular from this year, however, is the khutba. In her reflections on Eid last year, wood turtle wrote that:
“Every year I complain that not enough is done to recognize the importance of Hagar – and every year I am sorely disappointed. I would love to hear a sermon focusing on her, noting that without her sacrifice, faith, ingenuity and leadership, Mecca might not even exist.”
I’ve often shared wood turtle’s feelings on this, and was thrilled when I found out that Hajar actually was the focus of this Eid khutba, delivered by El-Tawhid Juma Circle co-founder El-Farouk Khaki. [Read more...]