A team from London has taken it upon themselves to ensure this years Eid-Ul-Fitr brings about smiles up and down the country.
As a young boy, Abdullah Tariq used to find Eid in the really exciting, it was a day he would look forward to. It meant that he would be able to go to all his neighbours houses and get free sweets or Eidi money, then go to arcade centre and play all day. An unforgotten experience has now turned into a nationwide phenomenon.
Together with a team of volunteers Tariq has managed to bring this initiative to life. It’s aim – to make Eid the most exciting event for children and their families. The project started small, raising some money among friends, and distributing free sweets in packs at a local mosque. The sweets and balloon modelling on offer was an instant hit among children and parents!
Fast forward to Eid Al Fitr 2015 – to date the project has given out have given out over 75,000 sweets and balloons to children across locations all over London.
The project is run and orchestrated by a team of volunteers.
‘’Eid was given to us as a way of bidding kind farewell to the beautiful month that is Ramadan. Sweet Eid was created with the purest of intentions – to spread love, happiness and joy. We want children around the country to see the Eid is a joyous occasion which can be enjoyed in a halal and fun way’’ – says Zain Miah, who also carried out Sweet Eid with friend Moynul in the Grand Masjid Masjid Al Haram in Makkah last year.
What we have learnt as volunteers is that, the best form of happiness you get is when you give, especially to children and seeing them happy on Eid day gives a creates a positive buzz in the community – Abdullah Tariq
This year, Sweet Eid has expanded. With a strong team of 90+, of which most are female the team spent last week packing 15,000+ sweet packs and carrying out balloon modelling workshops. With just a day to go Sweet Eid aims to be dozens of mosques and centres up and down the country. Sweet Eid will also be at this years Eid in the Park in London and other locations.
We urge adults and parents to take their children to Eid Salah, it is a great opportunity for them to learn about the Eid and they will also get to take away sweet and balloon goodies.
Sweet Eid is a free project run by volunteers,
The base for the team is in London,
This year we had over 90+ people help us pack all the sweet packs – most of these volunteers were female,
The aim of sweet Eid is to make children smile,
Some mosques Sweet Eid sweets will be found:
East London mosque
Shadwell Jame Masjid
Markaz Christian Street
A Masjid in Preston
A Masjid in Manchester
Poplar Mosque and Community Centre
A Masjid in Dockland
A Masjid in Chatham, Kent
A Masjid in Streatham
A couple of Masjids in Leytonstone
Eid in the Park – Mile End