The Muslim community celebrated Eid in Australia. The Eid event proved to be one of the largest Muslim celebrations in Brisbane.
Held in the Islamic College of Brisbane in Karawatha, the event showcased the best the Muslim community had to offer. It was also an opportunity for the minority Muslim sector to educate the larger community about Islam and its practices.
The Eid Down Under festival commemorates the end of fasting and Ramadan. It is also known as Eid-al-Fitr.
Islamic Council of Queensland member Fahim Khondaker said the Eid in Australia was the equivalent of Christmas for Christians in Australia.
The event intended to be a family friendly event featured rides, fireworks and food. To display multicultural diversity in the Muslim communtiy, Eid Down Under also served an international range of cuisines. The event became a global food tour of sorts. There were also air shows and helicopter rides to delight the festival goers.
The Eid in Australia was also an opportune time for the Islamic community to reverse the anti-Islam sentiments promoted by some Parliament members during the campaign period.
Mr. Khondaker identified Pauline Hanson as one of those Parliament members.
“She’s obviously come up on an agenda and it’s a blatantly obvious anti-Islamic agenda and it was one of the key pillars of her campaign,” Mr. Khondaker shared with The Brisbane Times.
Mr Khondaker sees the festive event as a peaceful and joyful protest against Henson’s divisive claims against Islam and the Muslim community in general.
While Henson paints Islam and the Muslim community as a threat to the Australian society as a whole, the Islamic Council of Queensland through Eid Down Under showcased the multicultural diversity the Muslim community brings.
While the festival was for Muslims in general, the Islamic Council was keen to have the wider community participate. Eid Down Under aimed to give the majority of non-Muslims a glimpse into their culture and diversity as a community. They also hoped it would rid of the fear the past election campaign season cultivated against the Muslim community.
The Muslim community in Australia is considered a minority composing 2.2% of the Australian population.