One of the great things about Roosevelt Island is the diversity of
nationalities, cultures and religions of residents living in our
The Islamic Society of Roosevelt Island (ISRI) shares these photos and
Here are some pictures of ISRI’s celebration of Eid Al-Fitr at PS217 on
As you may know, Eid Al-Fitr is a Holy day in the Islamic LUNAR Calendar,
which marks the end of the Holy month of RAMADAN! Ramadan is the ninth month
of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting,
prayer, reflection and community.
Ramadan begins 10 to 12 days earlier each year. This is because the Islamic
calendar is based on the lunar Hijri calendar with months that are 29 to 30
days long. Because the lunar year is shorter than the solar year by 11 days,
this means that Ramadan will also be observed twice in the year 2030 – first
on January 6 and then again on December 27 – depending on the sighting of
the moon. The next time Ramadan will start after April 2 will be about 33
years from now, or the year 2055.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The
month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to
sunset. According to Islam, the Holly Quran was sent down to the lowest
heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation by
angel Jibreel (Gabriel) to Muhammad (the LAST Prophet to MANKIND).
Therefore, Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would be
open for the entire month and the gates of Hell (Jahannam) would be closed.
The first three days of the next month, Shawwal, are spent in celebration
and are observed as the “Festival of Breaking Fast” or Eid al-Fitr.
President Joe Biden and Mrs Biden celebrated Eid al-Fitr in the White House