The Muslim community in Turin, Italy’s northernmost city, has invited residents to Eid Al-Fitr open-air prayer and celebration celebrations.
On both Sunday and Monday, events will be held in sport facilities and public parks.
The prayer at Dora Park, the largest of the scheduled activities, is projected to draw over 3,000 people in 2019. Catholic Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia and Mayor Stefano Lo Russo are slated to participate.
“During the holy month of Ramadan, all Muslim friends in Turin were submitted to the obedience of faith toward God and consolidated fraternal links in their society.” In a statement to the Muslim community, Nosiglia added, “We are also grateful to them for the many good gestures they all made towards the poor in our city.”
“God has preserved us all from the pandemic,” the archbishop continued, “and now urges us all to do whatever we can to help those who are in need.”
“Common responsibility in teaching future generations the culture of mutual respect, in comprehending the immense divine mercy that makes all human beings brothers,” he said.
The mayor and prefect of Turin held an event to congratulate the Islamic community on the occasion of Laylat Al-Qadr at the Mole Antonelliana, an 18th century tower that is one of the city’s most recognizable structures.
The gathering in the city, which has roughly 50,000 Muslims, was attended by representatives from 20 Islamic centers.
“We must all foster interreligious discussion in order to reinforce the values of peace, harmony, integration, and solidarity,” stated Maria Grazia Grippo, President of the Municipal Council.
Turin Prefect Raffaele Ruberto emphasized the importance of cultural interaction as a “basis for new values of harmonic coexistence,” saying, “Turin is historically a city of solidarity, and the Italian state recognizes the specificities of local communities in compliance with the laws and the constitution.”

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