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As we commemorate Eid al-Fitr in the year 1445 of the Islamic calendar, let us embrace the timeless teachings of faith, gratitude, and unity that define this sacred festival. May Eid al-Fitr serve as a source of inspiration for Muslims worldwide to strive for spiritual growth, cultivate gratitude, and extend compassion to all members of the human family. In the spirit of Eid al-Fitr, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a more compassionate, inclusive, and harmonious world for generations to come. Eid Mubarak!

This marks the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Dhul Hijjah is a sacred month for Muslims, as it contains the days of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, and the days of 'Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice.

Salam Brothers, Afgan sisters and brothers are organizing this event with help from Christian friends who helped them to settle in Eugene. They celebrate world refugee day and this year they embrace Afgan culture with showcasing their food, music and their journey to the US. Please make sure to sign up if you are planning to experience and celebrate Afgan culture. Thank you

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry at the Eugene Islamic Center serves as a testament to our commitment to fulfilling our Islamic duty of helping others. By providing access to nutritious food and essential supplies, we strive to alleviate hunger and support individuals and families who may be facing challenging circumstances.

Importance of Giving Back in Islamic Culture:

  1. Obligation of Sadaqah: Sadaqah, or voluntary charity, is an integral part of Islamic culture. Muslims are encouraged to give generously to those less fortunate as an act of worship and as a means of seeking closeness to Allah. Through our Food Pantry, we fulfill the obligation of Sadaqah by providing sustenance to those in need and striving to make a positive impact in their lives.

  2. Zakat: Zakat is another essential pillar of Islamic culture. It is an obligatory form of charity given by Muslims to help uplift the community and support those experiencing hardship. By operating the Food Pantry, we contribute to fulfilling the obligation of Zakat, as we strive to distribute resources and alleviate the struggles of food insecurity within our community.

  3. Social Responsibility: Islamic culture emphasizes the concept of social responsibility and caring for one’s neighbors and community members. The Food Pantry allows us to actively engage in this responsibility by supporting individuals and families who are facing food insecurity. Through our efforts, we aim to create a more compassionate and caring society.

  4. Compassion and Empathy: Giving back in Islamic culture is driven by a deep sense of compassion and empathy. It is through acts of generosity that we demonstrate our love and concern for others. By operating the Food Pantry, we extend our compassion to those in need and strive to make a positive impact on their lives.

At the Eugene Islamic Center, our Food Pantry exemplifies the essence of giving back in Islamic culture. It is our steadfast belief that by fulfilling our Islamic duty of charity and generosity, we contribute to the well-being and upliftment of our community.