Dawoodi Bohras of Orange County and the Inland Empire Host Interfaith and Service-Based Eid Celebration

Dawoodi Bohras of Orange County and the Inland Empire Host Interfaith and Service-Based Eid Celebration

The Dawoodi Bohras of Orange County and the Inland Empire welcomed interfaith neighbors, friends, and government officials to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and our shared commitment to service.

The program began with prayers from our interfaith community members including Chaplain Randy Lester-Wilson from Jewish Temple Beth El Riverside, Nirmala Rao from the Hindu community, and Julius and Iris Nam from the Seventh-day Adventist community.

“Participating in the Eid Celebration was a gift to my heart, mind, and soul. The authenticity of being welcomed so enthusiastically into this sacred space was, for me, a rich blessing,” said Chaplain Lester-Wilson. He continued, “the friendships established, service project, the delectable meal, and the beautiful gift, authentically demonstrate the values His Holiness embodies.”

Following these prayers from our interfaith partners, we welcomed remarks from a host of government officials including Sophia Siqueiros (Office of U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres), Carina Tamayo (Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom), Laura Brantley (Office of California Senator Susan Rubio), Nadya Bahena (Office of California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez), Ontario Mayor Pro-Tem Debra Dorst-Porada, and D’Andre Lampkin (the Lampkin Foundation). The group was then blessed to receive a special message from His Holiness, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin.

Following this program, the group participated in an activity around a shared commitment to service. They worked together to assemble hygiene kits and snack packs for the unhoused.

“This was my first Eid celebration and I feel honored and privileged to have joined the Dawoodi Bohra of Orange County and the Inland Empire,” said Nadya Bahena, Field Representative for California Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez. Bahena continued, “the highlight of the event was being able to prepare hygiene bags for homeless individuals throughout our communities. It felt great to give back and see everyone eager to participate.”

After working together, the group sat down together to break bread, with the hope that their time spent together in service contributed to the gratitude felt to be able to share a meal together.

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