MSO Holds Eid al-Adha Dinner

News  /  by Eden Fesseha '19  /  September 16, 2016

Sasha Syunkova '17/The Lawrence

This past Wednesday night at 6:30 PM, the Muslim Students Organization (MSO) hosted a dinner for the Islamic holiday Eid Al-Adha at the Foundation House. The event brought together students, members of the organization, and other interested participants.

To introduce the event, Head Master Stephen Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 began with a brief history of his experience learning about another religion while teaching French to students from North Africa, mostly Morocco and Algeria, who were Muslim.

He remarked, “[Those experiences] by no means made me close to an expert; rather, they showed me how little I know and how much I’d like to learn.” The event was a learning opportunity for many. MSO President Injil Muhammad ’17 began his speech to attendees by giving some background on the origins of the celebration of Eid. He explained that Eid-al-Adha “commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son as per God’s command [...] and celebrates the holy-pilgrimage called haaj.” Muhammad’s speech also shed light on how Eid-al-Adha is celebrated.

Following a speech by Kameelah Mu’Min, religious life leader for Islam, attendees were invited to eat traditional Middle Eastern food from the likes of falafel and hummus to biriyani, a rice dish with meat. About why she chose to attend the event, Trisha Bansal ‘19 said, “I love finding out about things that I haven’t experienced.” Opportunities like these, she went on to explain, are a way that she is able to accomplish this.

When asked about the purpose of hosting events like these, Muhammad added that the goal is “to expose the greater Lawrenceville community to what a small group of students is doing [...] or simply to put a face to a name or ideology.”