Peace descends on stadium for Eid festival

One of the prayer sessions at the stadium

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MORE than 2,000 people from Oxfordshire’s Muslim community celebrated Eid Al Adha at the Kassam Stadium yesterday.

Three prayer sessions of 30 to 45 minutes were held as people came from as far afield as Wantage, Didcot and Banbury to mark the Muslim festival of peace.

People attending came in traditional clothes, to pray and share food. There was entertainment for children including bouncy castles. The head of the Oxford Council of Faiths attended, as did members of the Christian and Jewish communities.

Dr Hojjat Ramzy, organiser of Dar us slam, the house of peace, said: “It is a celebration which we would like to share with Christianity and Judaism, because it is the prophet Ibrahim we have in common.

“Over six weeks we had to plan for it – we will be talking to other mosques to see if they can join us for next year’s celebration – we hope for 5,000 people.”

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