Pictures Courtesy: Official FB page of Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief
Broward County has declared May 13th to be observed as ‘Muslim Day’. The proclamation was read out in a special ceremony by Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief on May 4th, 2021. The proclamation states the significance of Holy month of Ramadan and how it has been challenging for Muslims to observe this month owing to the COVID-19 restrictions. The declaration has been made possible by the continuous work of Naima Khan, a BCPS Teacher and Advisor to MSA Broward Schools. She is a champion of ‘promoting diversity and equity’ in the community.
Similar proclamations have also been declared by cities of Hollywood, Miramar, and Cooper (see pictures below).
Ramadan is traditionally a time of spiritual healing and community gatherings at mosques for prayers and breaking fast together (iftar). Due to the pandemic, many Muslims around the world and in SFL are replacing in-person iftar gatherings with free food distributions for local communities. The 29 or 30 days of fasting end with the observance of Eidul Fitr, a day of celebration and rejoicing in the blessings of Ramadan.
If Eidul Fitr falls on May 13th, it will coincide with ‘Muslim Day’ making it a cause for two-fold celebration for the local Muslim community.
Last month, Broward County had proclaimed April to be ‘Muslim Heritage Month’ signifying the diversity as well as contributions of Muslim community to the socio-cultural, civic and political spheres. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief read out the proclamation and presented it to SFL Muslim community leaders and Muslim Students Association (MSA) representatives during a ceremony held at Islamic Foundation of South Florida.
Above: ‘Muslim Day’ Proclamation presented by city of Hollywood to Muslim community leaders
Right: Miramar city residents with ‘Muslim Day’ Proclamation