“Eid al-Fitr”, Feast of Breaking the Fast’, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. Many Muslims dress in fine clothing and children receive gifts on Eid al-Fitr. Millions of Muslim believers gather to pray for Eid al-Fitr and they celebrate the Eid with friends and families, having parties and picnics.
Albanian Muslims also celebrated the Eid on May 13, 2021, as every year. Albania’s population of 2.8 million is predominantly Muslim, with smaller Orthodox and Catholic communities which get along well with each other. Defectors of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ Cult of Rajavi) in Albania gathered together, having fun on side of a lack in Tirana.
Nevertheless, such a normal gathering of a normal society never takes place inside the cult-like MEK. On holidays, Members of the Cult of Rajavi live their routine scheduled workday including sleep deprivation, forced labor and forced coercion meetings. They probably have an extra program which is a march in front of the picture of leaders chanting slogans.
Actually, the Eid like any other holiday gives people the opportunity to share love, happiness and joy. Recreational activities on this day and other similar days are ways to grow happiness and prosperity among people of a society. Leisure time activities are particularly important for the mental and physical health of the middle-aged people of a society.
As the average age of MEK members is between 40 t0 70, lack of joy and happiness in the cult-like system of the group risks the quality of the life of members. Instead, repressive system of the group intensifies health problems, paranoia, violence and many other mental disorders among members.
Photos published by defectors of the MEK show their joyful moments in the Albanian nature. Their real smiles and the hope in their eyes indicate their passion for the life in the free world: Joie de vie, what you never see in the desperate faces of the rank and file inside the MEK camp, Ashraf three.
By Mazda Parsi