MCM encourages all Canadian Muslims to reach out to others this Eid

November 14, 2010

Montreal, Quebec, November 14th, 2010- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) calls on all Canadian Muslims to reach out to other Canadians during the celebration of Eid this week. Eid is celebrated on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which coincides this year to the 16th or the 17th of November 2010, based on location and scholars application.

“Eid is a time of happiness and gratitude for all Muslims,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “We give thanks to God for all that He has blessed us with and spend this joyous time with our family and friends. This Eid, we ask all Canadian Muslims to make an effort to share the beauty of this celebration with their neighbours, coworkers, fellow classmates etc. Prepare a plate of special treats and sweets and share it with them. We are all part of the Canadian fabric and must do our part to reach out to one another and foster understanding and respect.”

Eid-ul-Adha is the second major celebration of the Islamic calendar. It commemorates the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Over 2 million Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca each year to perform the Hajj.  Performing the Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, the other four being the testimony of faith, performing daily prayers, fasting in the month of Ramadan and giving annual alms (Zakat).


  1. Prepare a plate of treats, such as cookies, cakes, candy, or traditional sweets like Bakhlawa and Mithai. Make it at home yourself with your family, or purchase from a local bakery.
  2. Share the treats with your neighbours, coworkers, classmates or your children’s classmates. Try to share the treats on either Eid day, or the day before or after Eid.
  3. Include a small note explaining why you celebrate Eid and that you want to share this happy occasion with them. If you need help on formulating the wording for a card to explain what Eid is, check out
  4. For safety sake, include an allergy warning if your treats contain any food that are common allergies, such as peanuts, nuts, eggs, milk, soy and wheat.
  5. Encourage your family and friends to also share the celebration of Eid with their acquaintances.



Salam Elmenyawi

Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)

Ph.: (514) 748-8427




The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 225,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,000,000 in Canada and 1.7 billion worldwide.