Hundreds filled Cooks Park in West Springfield Friday morning to celebrate the the end of Ramadan with a congregational prayer.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.
Many know Ramadan as the period of time where Muslims fast for 30 days from sunrise to sunset, but the President of the Islam Society of Western Massachusetts told 22News that this tradition is about more than just fasting.
Mohammed Dastigir of the Islam Society of western Mass. told 22News, “The whole idea is to put ourselves in a place to humble ourselves to God, and really more than that it brings us back to think about what other people have to go through who are less fortunate.”
“It’s a very big celebration for us, it’s a blessing for us and here in the U.S.A we are able to celebrate happily and freely,” said Sheal Shan of West Springfield.
In addition to fasting every day for the whole month of Ramadan, it’s also a time where Muslims give to charity.
The money raised by those who attended the service Friday will go toward families in need in the community so they can buy clothes and gifts for holiday, also known as Eid.