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FPU and United Muslim Association (UMA) in a united Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer

FPU and United Muslim Association (UMA) in a united Eid-ul-Fitr Prayer

On Sunday, August 19, 2012, a congregation of Muslims comprising of a cross section of the local African Community belonging to the FPU, UMA and other groups converged at the Paint Branch Parkway Community Park in College Park, Prince Georges County, Maryland, USA to observe the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers celebrating the end of the fasting in the holy month of Ramadan 2012.

The prayers were scheduled to start at 9:30 AM. A round 9:40 AM the whole parking areas were occupied to full capacity and late arrivals had to park their vehicles on the grass areas.  The large tennis court was used as the prayer house and was also filled to full capacity with Muslim brothers in the front and Muslim sisters at the back.

The event started with the Takbirat pronounced by the FPU Imam Mr. Mohamed Sheriff Bah. The prayers were led by our rising young Imam Sheik Sulaiman Yassin Jalloh who’s central message in the Khutba (sermon) was that the end of the month of Ramadan should not be regarded as the end of our devotion of the worship of Allah.  We all should strive to adhere to the ideals of what we practiced during the holy month, stating that Ramadan is just one of twelve months in the calendar year. Allah exists in all 12 months.

Prior to the Imam’s Khutba (sermon) around 10:30 AM, the Imam invited the leaders of our community to speak to the Jammat (congregation).  Dr. Ibrahim Kargbo, the Chairman of the UMA used the opportunity to articulate on the reasons of the founding of UMA. UMA is a religious organization strictly in the business of propagating Islam as well as teaching the basic tenets of the religion to the members. The UMA is a universal Muslim association and he extended an open invitation to all the members of the congregation to join UMA.

After concluding his remarks, Dr. Kargbo invited the President of FPU, Mr. Mohamed L. Bah to address the congregation.  In his remarks, Mr. Bah expressed sincere thanks and praise to Allah for the day.  He thanked all the wives and women for cooking the scrumptious meals throughout the holy month of Ramadan and extended Eid ul Mubarak greetings to all the past Presidents, the board of directors, the executives, and all the members of the FPU.  Additionally, the FPU President thanked the founding members of the FPU that conceived the idea and established the first Islamic School dedicated to the teaching of the Islamic religion and culture to our children in the metropolitan Washington DC area over 20 years ago.

At the end of the service food was shared and some retreated to the FPU center located in Lanham, Maryland for more food, celebration and socialization.

Mohamed L Bah, F P U president
Dr.Ibrahim Kargbo, U M A Chairman

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