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Aysha Mohd Ali with her bubble toy at the Eid Down Under Festival in Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Smith Sisters Yaminah, 13, Fatima, 2, and Sakinah, 12, at the Eid Down Under Festival in Brisbane. Photo: Michelle Smith
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The Eid Down Under Festival kicked off on Saturday, showcasing one of the largest celebrations in the Islamic calendar.

The event was described by one of the events organisers, Islamic Council of Queensland executive committee member Fahim Khondaker, as possibly the largest Muslim community event in Brisbane.

“The festival to celebrate Eid is essentially the Muslim equivalent of Christmas,” Mr Khondaker said.

“It’s quite iconic for us, being in Australia with a minority Muslim population, we don’t really get to celebrate things like Eid and the general population probably doesn’t know what Eid is.

“So this is an opportunity for us to showcase the very best of the Muslim community.

“It’s a family friendly festival. Our aim is to be as big as the Paniyiri festival, so we’ve got lots of rides and we end off with fireworks.”

Mr Khondaker said the timing of the event was a great opportunity to educate the wider community about the Islamic community, after anti-Islam sentiment featured heavily in the campaigns of some new members of parliament, including Pauline Hanson.

“She’s obviously come up on an agenda and it’s a blatantly obvious anti-Islamic agenda and it was one of the key pillars of her campaign.

“Something this positive, so close to the election would be a good way to counter her message without being aggressive about it.”

The Eid-al-Fitr celebration, pronounced Eed, is celebrated by the Muslim community at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Mr Khondaker said the festivities were aimed at being inclusive and helping those less fortunate.

“Unfortunately, this sense of friendship and compassion is not the narrative that is typically associated with the average Muslim community or the religion of Islam.

“Despite what Ms Hanson and people like her think, we have to continue our efforts in promoting social cohesion, if not for ourselves then at least for future generations.”

The festival was run by the Islamic Council of Queensland at the Islamic College of Brisbane.

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