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An Islamic Munshid is Increasing Awareness of Muslim Practices and Traditions Through Eid Takbeers

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There is a misunderstanding over the phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). It has gone out of its spiritual and religious framework for people and has become a source of concern for those who hear it. Unfortunately, instead of hearing the takbeer as a Muslim prayer, many in Western nations perceive the phrase with fear.

“Allahu Akbar” is a phrase used by Muslims everywhere, not just in Winnipeg, during prayers and special occasions. What are these words, why do Muslims utilize them, and what does it mean? Muhammad Abdullah, Islamic Munshid (Islamic Singer), was invited to the studio to explain these practices and traditions.

According to Abdullah, Eid takbeers are regarded as one of the most fulfilling aspects of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Muslims rejoice and cheer as they recite them in mosques and public streets. Muslims worldwide find delight and happiness in it. Even children not versed in the practices or traditions enthusiastically join adults in uttering the takbeer and tahlil to express their joy.

The purpose of the Eid Takbeers is to support Muslims in their beliefs, says Abdullah, to grow in their faith and work towards the tenants of Islam. Abdullah added with continued efforts to connect with the broader community and explain these essential sayings, Muslims will feel more comfortable holding their celebrations within Canadian society.

– Zuher Almusre, U Multicultural

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