Muslims Fear Backlash Over Ramadan Feast on 9/11
They worry some will believe they're celebrating the attacks
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2010 1:50 PM CDT
An Indian Muslim man arranges Iftar, the meal that breaks the day long fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in Jammu, India, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

(Newser) – Ramadan’s final celebratory feast just happens to fall on or around September 11 this year, and American Muslims are a bit worried people will get the wrong idea. It’s entirely a coincidence—thanks to Islam’s lunar calendar, the holiday, called Eid al-Fitr, occurs about 10 days earlier each year—but many fear the feast will be misconstrued as a celebration of the attacks, the Guardian reports. Some communities are even shifting their celebrations to other days.

“I don’t think people will change their religious observances,” which consist primarily of a morning prayer, said a Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman. “But they might do something about the funfairs and bazaars they hold to celebrate.” Another Islamic group is urging the same, telling groups to celebrate another day. “We wish it to be as close to Eid as possible,” said a spokesman, “But we don’t want it on 9/11. That would be insensitive.”

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Arthurpa
Aug 20, 2010 9:22 AM CDT
This is what I have been waiting to hear. "But we don’t want it on 9/11. That would be insensitive.” Thank you. Now, let's rethink the NY Mosque/cultural center . Being considerate isn't that hard to do.
Snowleopard
Aug 18, 2010 9:18 PM CDT
oh great, something else for right-wing hacks to stir up some false outrage over.
Dumb Dumb
Aug 18, 2010 8:49 PM CDT
American Muslims are a bit worried people will get the wrong idea. Until the Muslim community denounces the radical Muslim Jihad against America, what idea do you think non- Muslim Americans will have?