“ The classroom full of children erupted into unbridled excitement when they were told that it was time to receive their toy gifts. A buzz of elation ensued as they lined up to collect their toys and to take pictures with their delighted teachers and proud parents.The children were students of BAQIS Fellowship, Inc., a nonprofit providing programs aimed at positive character development and model citizenship to Muslim youth in the New Haven area. The toys were a token of kindness and goodwill.
This token of goodwill was initiated by a local public high school in Connecticut. The students of that high school had collected about 200 toys to be presented to Muslim children as Eid-ul-Fitr gifts (Eid-ul-Fitr is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting, prayers, reading of scripture and reflection that Muslims engaged in). The lunar date for Eid-ul-Fitr coincided with Sunday, June 25 this year.
These toys were donated to the humanitarian relief organization, Islamic Relief USA, which subsequently collaborated with Malik Human Services Institute, Inc. (MHSI) of New Haven to distribute the toys. MHSI encouraged the children at BAQIS to first demonstrate their knowledge before the toys were presented to them on Sunday, June 18 – a week before Eid. ”
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