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Ramadan Clash with 9/11 Anniversary Raises Fears

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Celebrations to mark end of Muslim fasting could be deliberately misinterpreted to spark hostility, religious groups warn


By Riazat Butt and Chris McGreal, Guardian


August 17, 2010 – Islamic groups in the US fear an overlap between the end of Ramadan and the anniversary of 9/11 will lead to criticisms that Muslims are celebrating the 2001 terrorist attacks.


Islam follows a lunar calendar, so Ramadan begins approximately 10 days earlier every year. This year, Eid al-Fitr – the festival that marks the end of fasting – falls on or around September 11.


Some groups worry that the coincidence will increase suspicion and hostility towards Islam at a time when feelings towards their religion are already running high.


President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for throwing his weight behind plans to build an Islamic community centre close to Ground Zero. Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, compared the planned mosque to “Nazis” erecting a sign next to the Washington Holocaust museum.


Americans Against Hate have accused organisers of one Ramadan event of “spitting in the face of Americans” because they had scheduled activities for September 12.


The Islamic Circle of North America decided against holding its Muslim family day on September 11 out of respect for victims and families. Founder Tariq Amanullah worked in the World Trade Centre and died in the attacks.


An ICNA spokesman, Naeem Baig, said: “We took the decision not to have it on September 11 because it is not a day to celebrate. We will be mourning the deaths of all those who perished.


“We wish it to be as close to Eid as possible. But we don’t want it on 9/11. That would be insensitive, we had to think of that.”


He said that some critics would deliberately misinterpret Eid celebrations as something sinister but that the misconception was mostly due to ignorance of Islamic festivals.


The Muslim Public Affairs Council, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles, is reported to have contacted police to alert them to the overlapping dates. Another has urged mosques to improve surveillance and security on their premises.


Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said it was up to each individual community how they celebrated Eid but they might change the nature of the public events because of its proximity to 9/11.


“I don’t think people will change their religious observance. Eid is a prayer in the morning but they might do something about the funfairs and bazaars they hold to celebrate.


“We always tell mosques to revise their security when Islamophobia is on the rise. We have a whole industry of people searching for any excuse to bash Islam and this is one of them.”


Haroon Moghul, the director of an Islamic outreach body, wrote: “If Eid falls on the anniversary of that day, it will be an especially difficult task for a Muslim in New York. Many of our congregations were hurt that day, either personally or through the loss of loved ones. Many good friends of mine rushed to ground zero to give aid and spent hours, even days, doing what they could for the victims and for the brave first responders who were badly wounded.”



Article Courtesy: Guardian News and Media Limited


  • R

    I am afraid that Eid, no matter what day it falls on, will be cast as a celebration of 9/11 by those who are campaining fervously against Islam and Muslims in general.

  • Asi

    aslam all, well i get the argument for both sides and allah says that the kafir will never be pleased with us until we become like them. However, the problem with this ummah is that we have failed when it comes to changing and shaping perspective towards muslim and this is one way we can do it. Those that have lost families will not c it as a day of eid but a day of muslims rejoicing the history. When we say that we are just as devasted by the attacks, then we do need to show it and back it up and not be so flamboyant about our day. Eid is eid whether we celebrate on the smale scale or more grandly. Therefore, I agree with br. Asif.
    may allah protect us all…ameen

  • Radouane

    Good questions Br. Asif.
    Let the islamophobs answered them. If six the rest of people enjoy the six flags on 9/11 why not us. Please lets not fell on the islamophobs trap and I would say IGNORE them period. There is no end for their accusations…

  • Ansar

    Hey Muslims. Stop being apologetic for anything a Muslim does. We all should go and celebrate on the Eid day. Its Eid first then 9/11.

    9/11 was indeed a tragedy but does that stop non-muslims and other to go about their business for example; going to six flags etc, eating, working, going to the beach. Surely, it does not.

    That is the fundemental problem with us; we are still apologetic about 9/11 as if it was us who brought the buildings down.
    May their soul rest in peace, and so does ours.

  • robert

    Muslims should adhere to whatever religious observences are appropriate. 9/11 is not a national day of mourning and the vast majority of Americans will do whatever they normally do on that day.

  • Shariq

    We should not let ourselves fall into the “guilty by association” ring. Most Americans will go on and about their lives just like any other day, and a lot of them will surely be going to Bars/Strip Clubs (it being Saturday). Will the utterly nonsense Islamophobic media antics be out and about bashing the people who are found to be at places or doing something that is generally frowned upon or considered less moral. Is 9/11 a national mourning day ? I find the whole idea of “insensitivity” a pure lunacy.

  • muqarrab


    I think that Muslims should be allowed to celebrate as they are pleased because it is EID day. Its funny how the media NEVER mentions how many Muslims lost their lives on 9/11. If you do a little research, you will notice so many american weddings, parties and celebrations taking place on 9/11 this year because 9/11 just happens to land on a Saturday. That does not mean that all those taking part in parties, celebrations, etc are doing so to disrespect the 9/11 victims.

    I think that we Muslims need to stop being apologetic for the 9/11 incident because, first of all, it was not ISLAM that gave the guidance to the perpetrators, but was rather their own individual ignorance.

    If you visit the local correctional facilities, there are MANY generalizations that can be made about non-muslims so lets not even go there.

  • Gene G Jr

    hello brothers sisters we as Muslims in my view didnt cause 9/11 also I think we should mourn the victims of 9/11 from what I heard there were Muslims that were killed or survived the mess why dont we find out who the Muslims that were killed or survived and honor them and also honor the Americans that were killed and survived if Eid were to have fallen on 9/11 my first thing would be to go to New York and Honor the Muslims and Americans that were killed the Eid Celebrations can wait till 9/12/10 like here in Delaware our local Mosque is waiting untill 9/12/10 to have our Eid celebration BC on 9/11 there were Muslims and Americans killed and we should honor them before we have an Eid celebration thats what our local Mosque is doing and I thank them for doing that have a great weekend all in the room pbuy also I am an american citizen thats converting to Islam thanks

  • Shakil

    From Islam view point there is no harm in celebrating Eid one day late. After all you are living in a non-muslim country. Muslims in US and Europe have celebrated Eid late to accomodate the Weekends in the past so there is nothing wrong in delaying the Eid one day. Please donot bring Islam in your personal prejudice.

  • Nabeel

    ICNA and ISNA is making the right decision. It is time for Muslims to be more involved in mainstream. I love Muslims being vocal against Muslim decisions. I rarely see any Muslim writing comments on Fox, CNN websites when wrong things are being said about Muslims. Go read any story that is related to Muslims and see the prejudice and sentiments some people have against Muslims.

    Why can’t all of you be united and follow what is being communicated by your organizations. If you dont like the leadership quit being a sissy on the sideline run for election for ICNA and ISNA.

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