They spent a month not eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset, so a group of Tacoma Muslims broke the fast with plenty of good food. They were celebrating Eid al-Fitr to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holiest month of Islam.
The celebration at the City Association of Colored Women’s Clubs on South Yakima Avenue started with Imam Amir Abdul-Matin reciting from the Koran – in lyrical Arabic and English – and leading the group in prayers of thanks.
Then it was time to hit the spread: plenty of fried fish, salmon, baked chicken, salad, fruit and pies. Someone arrived later with some Krispy Kreme donuts. Dawud Hassan Mateen then played saxophone for crowd.
That meant most of us ate too much (in a good way) while talking about everything from politics to religion to football.
During Ramadan, Muslims are required to abstain from food or drinks (including water) during sunlight hours. On the Eid, they wake up before sunrise, attend morning prayers and then begin celebrations.
And it was a pretty happenin’ celebration Saturday.
There are more snapshots after the jump: