By Christopher Shosted and Kristen Cervenak
To share their religion and culture with the student body, the Muslim Student Association sponsored a dinner celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.
The holiday celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim – known as Abraham in the Old Testament- to sacrifice his son. Muslims celebrate the holiday by attending religious services and sacrificing an animal to share one-third of the meat with family and friends, one-third to share with the needy and one-third to keep. Muslims will also exchange gifts during the four-day celebration.
“I compare it [to the feeling of waking up] on Christmas when I wake up on Eid al-Adha. It’s the greatest feeling. The dinner was really just to have other people see how it works,” English/ Psychology major Annisa Amatul Muqtadir said.
“Growing up in the western culture being Muslim, I always saw Christmas, I always saw Easter and I appreciated that. I wondered if people wanted to learn about our holidays. So the dinner was basically like, ‘Come in, see what I feel, feel what I feel, eat what we eat, and enjoy each other’s company.’”
Food and funding for the dinner was provided by the Easton Philipsburg Muslim Association.
The event had a larger turnout than expected with more than 40 students, staff and faculty in attendance.
The Muslim Student Association previously organized a World Hijab Day event on Feb. 1 as an opportunity for non-Muslim students to don a hijab.
“Every Muslim girl from around the world will observe hijab or ask people if they would like to observe it for that day to see what it’s like to be in our shoes,” Muqtadir said. “Last year, we had a panel discussion and the day before the panel discussion we had a hijab wrapping session where we taught them how to wrap it.”
The panel explained the history of the hijab, the reason for World Hijab Day, and featured games and trivia.
In the future, the Muslim Student Association plans to hold panel discussions, work with other clubs at NCC and hold bake sales.
“You see how much [people] want to see diversity and the mass of people that want to be welcoming and open to everyone,” Muqtadir said. “That made me feel really good and it makes me feel good that I can help be a part of that. So for the future to come, 10 years down the road when somebody walks on the campus, they already feel like they’re at home.”