Eid celebration of expatriate Bangladeshis in 50 US states
Noman Sabit: Expatriate Bangladeshis in 50 states of the United States celebrated the holy Eid-ul-Fitr on the same day. Local time on Friday (April 21) across the United States, all domestic Muslim communities participated in the holy Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Eid congregation was held this year under the management of more than 3,000 mosques in the United States. Among them, more than 3 thousand Eid congregations have been held. Apart from the open ground, the rest of the congregations are held in mosques and churches auditoriums. This news has been reported by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.
According to the source, the number of mosques and Muslim religious educational institutions in the United States has increased by 31 percent in the past two decades. In 2000, the number of mosques in the United States was 1,209, the number of mosques increased to 2,106 in 2011, and in the latest count of 2020, the total number of mosques in the United States was 2,796. Among them, New York state has 343 mosques, California has 304, Texas has 224, Florida has 157, Illinois has 109 and New Jersey has 141 mosques.
On Friday, Eid congregations were held in mosques run by Bangladeshis in different states, in the fields adjacent to the mosques, in the park grounds and in the auditorium of the church. In those areas where there are no mosques, Friday and Eid congregations have been held in the auditorium of the church for a long time.
Bangladeshi devout Muslims are preparing to hold Eid Jamat in over two hundred mosques or adjacent fields under the management of Bangladeshis across the United States. Jamaat starts from 8 am and continues in mosques until 9:30 am. The local administration is taking special measures for the security of the Eid congregation.
New York’s largest Eid congregation was held at the Jamaica Muslim Center. Apart from this, Eid congregations were held in almost all mosques and mosques in other areas of Jamaica, including Jackson Heights, Bronx, Brooklyn, Ozone Park, Astoria, Manhattan and mosques.
Meanwhile, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington and Kentucky are the most populated and Bangladeshi-infested states in the United States. It has been reported that Eid congregations were held in various mosques and Islamic centers and more than 150 open fields.