Steve Chirico, Mayor of Naperville, and his wife Julie, who\nwere dressed in the unique Indian attire, were the cynosure of all eyes\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe residents of Naperville and the neighboring suburbs,\nbelonging to various faith traditions, came together to celebrate Eid al Adha,\nwith great enthusiasm and reverence, at Pita Inn, Naperville. The event was\nattended by a large number of dignitaries, representing public offices at the\nCity, State, and National Levels. Mr. Ashfaq Syed and Ms. Ayesha Osman hosted\nthe colorful event.\n\n\n\nSpeaking on this occasion, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi,\nMember of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 8th district said,\nwith a sense of pride, that America is unique and exceptional in its equal\nrespect for all religions. He said that understanding different religions and\nrespecting them has been the hallmark of the American culture.\n\n\n\nMr. Sudhakar Dalela, Consul General of India, Chicago said\nthat peace, compassion, and value of brotherhood are the universal values\ncelebrated by all religions across the globe. He opined that practicing these\nvalues is the need of the hour for giving a big boost to mutual co- existence,\nespecially in the present times, which are characterized by increasing\ndistances among people professing different faiths. \u201cMy home town is Lucknow in\nIndia, which is known for \u201cGanga Jamuna Tahzeeb\u2019, that is, a fusion of elements\nof different religions\u201d, he added.\n\n\n\nSteve Chirico, Mayor of Naperville said that Naperville is\nwell-known for exceptionally good relations among people belonging to different\nreligions, regions, and nations. \u201cThis unique characteristic has mainly\ncontributed for the emergence of Naperville as the best place to live and to do\nbusiness in the entire US Midwest. Steve Chirico and his wife Julie, who were\ndressed in the unique Indian attire, were the cynosure of all eyes.\n\n\n\nMr Gopal Lalmalani, Mayor of Oak Brook said that all human\nbeings belong to one race and, therefore, love is the single language, which\neven blind can speak and deaf can hear. He stated that Eid ul Adha celebrates\nthe value of sacrifice.\n\n\n\nMr. Shoaib Khadri, President of the Islamic Center of\nNaperville, explained the connection and similarities across different\nAbrahamic faiths - Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He provided insight into the\nHaj, highlighting a lesson from Malcom X's memoirs that reflects on the\ncommonness of humankind without any race barriers. He underlined the importance\nof building better\n\n\n\nunderstanding among people belonging to different\nbackgrounds and thereby contributing to the continuous development of the US on\nall fronts.\n\n\n\nMr. Krishna Bansal, Chairman, Indian Community Outreach said\nthat India believes in the traditional values of giving utmost respect for the\nreligions of others. \u201cThe Indian Americans, by practicing this great value,\nhave been enriching the social fabric of the US\u201d, he added.\n\n\n\nAn array of eminent persons from different walks of life,\nincluding Julie Chirico, Evelyn Sanguinetti, Former Lieutenant Governor, Mayor\nGopal Lalmalani, Oakbrook, State Senator Laura Ellman, State Senator Cristina\nCastro, State Representative Anee Stava-Murray, Robert Berlin, DuPage County\nState\u2019s Attorney, David Anderson, Chief of Police, Village of Lisle, Sheila\nRutledge, Du Page county board member,\u00b7 Judge Linda Davenport, Joe Davenport,\nSadia Covert, DuPage county board member, Daniel Hebread, President, Forest\nPreserves, District Of DuPage county, Dr Mimi Cowan, Will County board Member.\nJudge McCluskey,\u00b7 Sophia Luo, Sister City Commissioner, Naperville, Andres\nSusarret, Asif Yusuf, Village trustee, Oak Brook, Shekhar Mishra, Pravasi\nBhartiya Samman award, Tanuja Mishra, Raees Yawer, Board Commissioner, Krishna\nBansal & Meghna Bansal, Nariman Safavi, NPR & WBEZ Chicago, Shoaib\nKhadri, Mir Khan, and many community leaders spoke on the occasion and\nunderlined the need for more and more such occasions for enabling people,\nbelonging to different backgrounds, to interact and understand others\u2019 faiths\nin their true and total frame of reference.\n\n\n\nMr. Ashfaq Hussain Syed and Ayesha Osman welcomed the guests\nfor joining the Eid al Adha celebrations during a busy Labor Day weekend, when\nmany have family commitments and plans. Mr. Ashfaq emphasized the beauty of the\nUS in general and Naperville in particular which is grounded in principles of\ndiversity and acceptance of fellow Americans. He also highlighted the\nsignificance of understanding the Islamic Holiday of Eid ul Adha as well as\nmany other faiths and festivals celebrated in the US, which is a reflection of\nthe evolving America. Amaan Syed, student of Scullen Middle School thanked all\nthe guest who attended the Eid celebration.\n\n\n\nThe lively anchoring of the warm and beautiful event by Miss\nJuveria Syeda, a Junior at Neuqua VHS, was appreciated by one and all and was\nan icing on the cake.