Local libraries partner with Dominican University in celebrating Eid al-Adha

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COURTESY OF DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY

River Forest, IL – 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 fmaciejewski@dom.edu or (708) 524-6873.

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