Omer and his family, along with Muslims around the world, celebrated the religious holiday Eid al-Adha on Sunday. Omer and his family went to the Greensboro Coliseum where hundreds of Muslims from around the Greensboro area came to pray. Omer took the time to explain to us the meaning behind the Eid Celebration. There are actually two Eid Celebrations, one signifying the end of Ramadan, and the other marking the time when Abraham was asked by God to sacrifice his son Ishmael. This past Sunday’s Eid Celebration was the latter.
After prayers, Omer spent the next hour meeting many old friends. One friend in particular took the opportunity to ask Omer for help in going back to school. He doesn’t want to give up his well-paying job, but he also feels that education is the path to a better future. Omer listened intently, offered advice, and promised to help him in any way he could.
After greeting dozens of friends, Omer and his family went to the house of a relative for a meal. They graciously invited us along. There we met Omer’s extended family. As Omer sat on the couch we filmed a casual interview. We were also treated to a fantastic Sudanese meal. Some of the best food we’ve had in months!