Local Muslims gather to celebrate Eid Mubarak on last day of Ramadan

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For the last day of Ramadan, Muslims throughout Washington County gathered at Hager Hall to celebrate Eid and even had a few extra guests to help make sure everything remained peaceful.

“The purpose of Ramadan is to really to draw closer to god and its a beautiful time to do it together as a community,” Yasmine Sayed, a local Muslim said.

After a month filled with fasting, Prayer and what they call ‘spiritual cleansing’, Local Muslims say they are sad to see Ramadan come to an end.

“It’s like a guest who came to your house stayed a little bit and then left. You get that empty feeling,” Sayed said.

As it comes to a close they recognize the sacrifices made throughout the month with a celebration of Eid.

“Everyone comes out in their best, best outfits, with their smile with their love and now they are coming to enjoy the festivities, the food, the friends, smiles, the hugs. It’s time to celebrate,” Sayed said.

But with recent tragedies like the attack in London following a prayer service, and the murder of a Muslim girl on her way to a mosque during Ramadan, the Islamic Society of Western Maryland wanted to make sure they could celebrate in peace.

“They are celebrating Ramadan so we are out here providing security making sure everyone is safe,” Zackary Rowe of Hagerstown Police Department said.

By having security at the front door and monitoring the parking lot.

“I think we do need extra security especially in these times. I think it makes us, everyone feel secured, safe,” Sayed said.

“I should more hands than I could count. Everyone is very friendly and thanked me for being out here so I’m having a really good time out here,” Rowe said.

“We really appreciate that show of solidarity and that show of unity during these trying times for everybody,” Saruq Post, the resident scholar for the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said.

Some saying it gives them a chance to show the officers and the rest of the community who they really are.

“We are peaceful people. We’re merciful people. We love goodness. Not only for ourselves, but for our community as well,” Post said.

Officials say there were nearly 800 people at the Eid celebration.

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