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Spokane Islamic Center to hold Eid prayers Friday

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Hajj pilgrimage
Hajj pilgrimage

The Islamic Center of Spokane will hold an Eid ul Adha prayer service Friday at 9 a.m.

Eid ul Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, concludes hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The date of hajj shifts each year, depending in the lunar calendar.

Globally Muslims observe Eid with community prayers and feast, even if they aren’t on hajj.

The pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, is the fifth pillar of Islam. Muslims who are financially and physically able are expected to make the hajj at least once in their lifetime.

One member of the Islamic Center, Iman Elmallah, is participating in the hajj this year.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

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