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Today is Muslim Family Day at many Six Flags theme parks across the country, including one just outside Washington, D.C. The event is sponsored by the Islamic Circle of North America, or ICNA. This grassroots organization has been providing Islamic educational, social and charitable services to the American Muslim community for four decades and there are local chapters in cities from Atlanta, Georgia to San Francisco, California.
The first Muslim Family Day was held 10 years ago at the Great Adventures Park in New Jersey. But in September of 2001, one of the organizers, Tariq Amanullah, was killed. He worked on the 96th floor of the World Trade Center tower two. In 2004, a team of ICNA organizers got together to bring back Muslim Family Day and it has been held every year since.
Thousands are expected to browse through bazaars, eat halal food and, of course, ride the rides. The event coincides with Muslim families’ celebration of the end of Ramadan.
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