Eid-al-Fitr was celebrated all together in New Zealand on Saturday, 16 June, this year.

Over 40,000 local Muslims gathered at mosques and Islamic Centres across the country from the far north to the deep south.

In Hamilton, around 1000 Muslims assembled at the public gardens for Eid prayers in the morning. After the morning breakfast celebrations, families in the Muslim community continued the festivities both with fellow Muslims and others from the wider community across the city and the entire Waikato region.

During the first week of June the Muslim community hosted an Iftar dinner at their headquarters in Counties Manukau in Auckland.

Over one hundred local Muslims attended and the prayers were led by Imam Alhaji Molvi Abdul Shafeez, of the Masjid Al-Mustafa. He acknowledged that it was a “privilege” to participate and bring the Muslim community and police together.

Counties Manukau West area commander Inspector Naila Hassan, one of the highest ranking Muslim police officers in the country, addressed the audience at the start of the formalities.

Later, Counties Manukau district commander Superintendent Jill Rogers said it was important for police and Muslims to work together in future.