Eid celebrates Muslim culture

Members of the Richland Muslim Student Association (MSA) hosted an Eid Mubarak celebration on Sept. 6 in El Paso Hall for the major Islamic holiday, Eid Al Adha, also known as the sacrifice feast.

 Eid Mubarak celebration on Sept.6 in honor of Eid Al Adha holiday.

Eid Mubarak celebration on Sept.6 in honor of Eid Al Adha holiday.

Eid officially took place Sept. 1 over Labor Day weekend. It celebrates Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son as a test from God who instead provided a male goat to sacrificewhen Abraham obeyed. This Eid also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in which millions of Muslims participate in Saudi Arabia.

 Students recieve henna, a temporary tattoo.

Students recieve henna, a temporary tattoo.

Common traditions of the holiday include slaughtering a goat and giving it to the poor, relatives and neighbors to eat. Richland’s Eid celebration included free food, music and henna, a temporary tattoo common for women celebrating Eid.

 Raycha Nickelberry shows her henna tattoo

Raycha Nickelberry shows her henna tattoo

MSA representative Moeez Qureshi said “MSA is focused on bringing this community together and making sure no one who comes to Richland is left out; that they always have people to talk to and seek support from.”

 MSA gave out doughnuts and samosas, a traditional Middle Eastern snack. 

MSA gave out doughnuts and samosas, a traditional Middle Eastern snack. 

The MSA meets every Friday at 1:45 p.m. in Sabine Hall, Room 117.