Oak Park Public Library,
River Forest Public Library and Dominican University’s Rebecca Crown Library
will kick off on Monday, October 21 their collaborative Bridging Cultures:
Muslim Journeys series with a celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha
in Dominican University’s Social Hall, 7900 W. Division Street. The celebration,
which will include food, music and cultural activities, is being presented from
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. by the university’s student Saudi Club.
Eid al-Adha (Festival of
Sacrifice), one of the most important Islamic holidays, occurs across the
Islamic world at the same time as the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi
Arabia. The event commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his
own son, Ismael, as a way of demonstrating his submission to God.
The celebration is the
first of several events being presented this fall as part of a National
Endowment for the Humanities-funded community-wide program exploring Islamic
art, culture and history. Subsequent activities will be held throughout the
fall at both local libraries as well as the university.
Dominican’s Saudi Club is
a student organization which seeks to build understanding and respect between
people from multiple religious and cultural backgrounds through the sharing of
ideas and experiences.
This event is free and
open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information,
contact Felice Maciejweski, University Librarian, at email@example.com or (708) 524-6873.