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American Muslims fear animosity if Eid falls on 9/11

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NEW YORK: Muslim community has expressed its concern that American society will interpret Eid-ul-Azha festivities as celebrations of the 9/11 World Trade Centre attack if the festival falls on the day.

Eid-ul-Azha (Festival of Sacrifice), in which Muslims exchange greetings and sacrifice animals while following the tradition of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S), is expected to fall on September 11 this year — the same day World Trade Centre (WTC) and Pentagon were attacked 15 years ago.

Muslim Americans have voiced their concern that the celebration might be misinterpreted as celebration of the terrorist attack which left more than 3,000 people dead.

Habeeb Ahmed, President of the Islamic Center of Long Island, has said that some people likely to misinterprete Eid festivities as celebrations of the attack.

It should be noted that sentiments against Muslims and Islamophobia are on the rise in the Western countries following terrorist attacks in the United States, France and Belgium.

Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York has held meetings with leaders and opinion makers in order to address the issue.

The date of the Muslim holiday will be announced by the moon-sighting committee.

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