Children help a man fly a large kite at Cass Lake Park.
Cass Lake Park–â€™Eidul Fitr actually arrived over a week previously, but the ICA scheduled its â€˜Eid picnic well into the month of Shawwal at a beautiful lake campground in Waterford.
Lake Cass is a large sprawling lakefront play area, with three distinct beaches, accessible in that it is in a central part of northern Oakland County. It is frequented by thousands of people, many who bring kayaks, sailboats, motor boats, jetskis and waterskis to play in.
The ICA community celebrated â€˜Eidul Fitr with a large picnic gathering at this beautiful spot with about 250 celebrants, halal hotdogs and hamburgers and kabobs, among many other tasty treats. They had arranged a large bounce-house for the children, very close to Cass Lake (which is a relatively large local lake), with a view of kayaks and playboats.
One of the organizers, Hala Alkhabtib, said that â€œusually we do â€˜Eid events indoors (at a big community center in West Bloomfield), but since this year â€˜Eid is in the summer we did it outdoors.â€ The ICA is a growing community, the formative core of what is now Bloomfieldâ€™s Unity Center, the Huda School, Beverly Hills Academy, and more.
â€œICA is designed to help the community in its educational, social, and community needs. We have been here for 25-30 years, and we are growing,â€ said Dr. Samer Nasry, the ICA President.