Muslims fear backlash as Eid festival set to fall on 9/11
Before bigots tell u otherwise: Muslim holiday Eid Al Adha may fall on 9/11 this yr. It's based on lunar calendar-Its NOT celebrating 9/11— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) August 25, 2016
Tensions remain high in the US, where Islamophobic sentiment continues to rise and the coincidence of the Eid festival, which is based on a lunar calendar cycle, with September 11 could lead to a backlash against the American-Muslim population.
If you see a lot of muslims looking happy and celebrating this September. We are celebrating Eid Holidays not 9/11— Bigbarazi (@Bigbarazishow) August 31, 2016
While millions of Muslims across the globe will prepare to mark the ‘feast of sacrifice,’ community leaders have warned that people could misinterpret the festivities as a celebration of the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people.
Without doubt there will be 'progressive' Muslims and Islamophobes demanding Muslims rearrange Eid so it doesn't fall on September 11.— Shafik Mandhai (@ShafikFM) August 17, 2016
Habeeb Ahmed, the president of the Islamic Center of Long Island told the New York Times that some could easily “misunderstand” the festivities and that people might say, “Look at these Muslims, they are celebrating 9/11.”
Since the Paris attacks in November last year followed by the San Bernardino shootings in December, researchers and civil rights groups say attacks and threats against Muslims have surged.
In New York, where an imam and his assistant were recently killed in Queens, the idea of the holiday falling on 9/11 has intensified security concerns for the city’s Muslim population.
LOL. So Eid is on September 11th. It should be fun trying to convince some ignorant piss that it has nothing to do with 9/11. #EidOn911— Habeebah (@habbizzelle) August 20, 2016
Lol so this year EID will most likely fall on the 11 September... 9/11... This will be awkward— HappyJungkookDay (@hanasoliman1999) August 23, 2016
Eid al-Adha marks the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael in an act of submission to God’s command.
Robert McCaw, the director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations said, “it’s on the minds of every Muslim leader in the country right now.”
“We grieved like everyone else,” McCaw added, in reference to the 9/11 attacks. “We remember this day not because we’re Muslim, but because we’re American.”
Eid is definitely on 11th September....getting ready for those ignorant idiots saying we're celebrating 9/11 🙄— رياح (@ReyahChowdhury) August 23, 2016
Many people on Twitter have also given their views on how US presidential candidate Donald Trump might try to exploit the moment.
so eid's falling on 9/11 this year. interesting what dumb trump gonna say about it 😂— ✨ (@spacegurlbasma) August 31, 2016
"these moozlims.. radical islam bla bla.." lol
Donald Trump is gonna use Eid as proof that Muslims celebrate 9/11— Muhammad Aishat (@Muhammad_Aishat) August 26, 2016