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“Verily, God is beautiful, and He loves beauty.” This popular saying of the Prophet Muhammad has inspired centuries of intricate dress and architecture across the Islamic world, and it manifests in a special way on Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday today (July 6) that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Many Muslims celebrate by dressing their best on Eid. The Prophet Muhammad was known to have worn his best cloak for both Eid holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
Every culture has its own style: In Oman, men wear a long white robe, or dishdasha, with an embroidered cap (kumma) or turban (mussar). In Indonesia, many women wear the kebaya dress and kerudung hijab. In the West, where Eid celebrations often include diverse Muslims cultural groups in the same gathering, there is no common holiday style. Many times, people will actually wear an outfit from a Muslim culture other than their own.
Quartz met today’s congregants at an Eid prayer in Chicago’s Navy Pier, to speak about what they had chosen to wear and why.