So yesterday I went to the Eid festival held in Trafalgar Square. I was in good company as thousands of people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, joined the festivities and got into the celebration spirit.
Amongst the stalls offering clothes, perfume and food from all parts of the Islamic world including the Philippines, Saudia Arabia and Malaysia, there was a main stage playing music, showcasing comedy and more.
It was hugely refreshing to see a main stage London event which showcased what is good and great about the Muslim religion and the various cultures of different countries. It was a far cry from the usual image of Islam that we are presented with every day – that of oppression, violence and extremism.
In truth, what was on show yesterday was the true face of the Muslim community, that of openness, tolerance and peace. Tourists from across the world, came to have fun, enjoy the music and sample the great food. It was also great to see the diversity of people at the event, hijabis, non-hijabis and non-Muslim guests all came together to celebrate Eid. Growing up in a non-Muslim area, I would have never expected to see Eid celebrated by all on such a large scale.
It’s just a shame that this kind of event will never make breaking news, but all the bad things that claim to represent Islam will.
I wanted to share some pics of the event, and also to keep things light and desi, some pics of my Trafalgar Square hair. To copy my fishtail plait, check out my real-time tutorial below: