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This year, Ramadan started on August 11th 2010, and is expected to end either on September 9th or September 10th (29 or 30 days from the day it started depending on the sighting of the moon via several methods) and there are mounting fears that Muslims all around America may suffer a backlash on Eid al-Fitr.  It just so happens that this joyous Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan coincides with the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.

For those who may not know, the Islamic calendar uses the lunar system and that is why it rolls back 11 days each Gregorian year. The average length of a 12-month lunar year is 354.37 days, which is 10.8751 days short of the average length of the solar year (365.2422 days). Most lunar calendars (ie. Hebrew, Chinese, etc.) add a 13th “leap” month every 24 to 36 months. They do so to maintain the synchronization between lunar years and the four seasons. This is not the case with the Islamic Hijri calendar.

Eid al-Fitr, expected to be on either Sept. 9th or 10th 2010,  celebrates the completion of the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast and increase their spiritual devotions. On this day, Muslims all over the world thank Allah for his blessings upon them and for the gift of fasting.

Although, there is the sense of excitement between Muslims in America about this Eid, there is also a great sense of fear. These fears do not seem unreasonable in the current climate of heightened attention and sensitivity with the media fiasco surrounding Muslims, the “ground zero mosque” and the “National Burn the Qur'an Day” sponsored by the “Dove World Outreach Center.”

These recent events and the adverse media coverage have left some second generation Muslim Americans feeling like pariahs in their only land. Some of us have come to realize with certainty that there are Americans who are publicly and subliminally promoting the idea that Muslims are outsiders in our own lands and are unwelcome to stay here.

In light of these current events,  some leaders of Islamic centers around the nation are worried and many ordinary Muslims fear celebrating our post-Ramadan festival as normal as in every other year. Some have even gone as far as to cancel their annual carnival held the Saturday after Ramadan because it falls on September 11 and they do not want to be seen celebrating on that day.  There is a difference between canceling their carnival due to the sensitivity of this event versus canceling it due to fears of violence. One is being considerate of the situation while the other is being terrorized and scared!

Fears of aggressive violence and retaliation against centers and places of worship are rising to new levels given some of the aggressive protests and vandalism that has taken place at various mosques around the country in the past few weeks.

In the face of such terrorizing events, we the Muslims are left with one of two solutions, a) just don't show up to the Eid prayer and stay home in fear of any aggressive confrontation, or b) disregard those threats and show up and celebrate our Eid as we normally do. It is my opinion that if we don't show up, we will be declaring our defeat to bigotry and xenophobia. That is why I highly recommend that everyone show up and encourage other Muslims around him/her to make an extra effort to show up this year. As a matter of fact, please invite one or two of your non-Muslim friends or coworkers. Also make sure you bring your camcorder or have the video recording option on your cell phone ready, in case any bigoted event takes place.

Either way, whether peaceful Eid celebrations go on as planned or are interrupted by protestors, please submit any photos or video to me (Haytham@muslimmatters.org) so that we can cover the issue here on MuslimMatters.org Finally, please go to the Eid prayer, dress nicely, exchange gifts and take this as an opportunity to educate the majority of our American neighbors that are misinformed about our religion and celebrations.

On behalf of the staff and writers of MuslimMatters.org we wish you a blessed and merry Eid :)

34 Responses

  1. Uthman

    I really don’t care if Eid falls on Sept 10th or Sept 11th. I will inshAllah celebrate it the way I would celebrate on any other day. I will be happy smiling and rejoicing inshAllah. I will greet people as the Sunnah inshAllah.

    If you are an American(or any other) bigot reading this and you don’t like what I am doing because Eid may happen to be on Sept 11th, and you are really outraged by this then I have something for you from the Quran
    قُلْ مُوتُوا بِغَيْظِكُمْ
    “Die in your rage. Surah Al Imran V119.

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    • Sherif

      Why preach hate my brother… Islam is about peace and not death… Of all the quotes in the quran u have to pick the one that preaches death and hate… I do not mean any rudeness but pls don’t promote death or terorism by wishin death on those that do not understand us… How would they understand islam if all we preach is death to those that do not know us… We need to preach peace as that is what we are all about and understandinding as that is what the world lacks…

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      • Haytham

        Thanks Sherif… I couldn’t agree with you more.

        Newton said it best in his third law of nature…. for every action there is a reaction, equal in magnitude and opposite in direction…. and such bigotry coming from a small segment of the American community at large will create amongst us Muslims people who are also full of bigotry and hatred…….. and this has got to stop some where!

        I think Muslims need to bring forward their true intension of love and tolerance and be the first to put forward their hands to the vast majority of the tolerant Americans (or even those who are simply ignorant of the reality of Islam) and show them what we really stand for!

        And just a reminder…… those who are filled with hate will never prosper or succeed….be it a Muslim or a non-Muslim…. just follow the history of mankind!

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  2. Saladin

    Eid falls near a terrible day this year but it is not a terrible day in and of itself. It is a time of celebration, of remembrance, and joy. Life, insh’Allah, continues. If anyone asks, we are celebrating the end of Ramadan, not the deaths of thousands. We didn’t pick the day of the attack because we’re not terrorists. That said, we grieve for those who died that day and move forward in life and in peace.

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  3. Ottalie

    It makes me so sad when any of us make huge generalizations based on the actions of the few. I believe the way to counter such ignorance and hatred, no matter the form, is to met it with a peaceful attitude. Hate breeds hate; understanding (not agreeing!) encourages the same. I pray that all of us will have a happy and peaceful Eid no matter our beliefs.

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  4. anonymous

    i dont get this guy who wants to burn the quran…i thought he said islam was the violent religion, but he seems to be performing the violent act of burning the muslims holy book…weird

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    • DeucePrez

      @ anonymous:

      Ironic, isn’t it. And his violence will incite more violence which will continue to incite violence. He has kaffurs sending him Qur’ans and some of them are also burning copies of the Qur’an. Once these images are played on the American airwaves, the violent responses will begin.

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  5. Him

    The idear of buring the Quran is nonsence be Americans that will send a good message to the rest of the Globe Not the Contrary

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  6. Kashif

    I hope you American Muslims are thanking the Saudis for seeing the moon one day before anyone else in the Universe did. If it wasn’t for them, there would have been a chance that Eid would have fallen on September 11!

    They were looking out for you despite the abuse and name-calling routinely aimed in their direction.

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    • Friend

      Astagfur Allah Kashif….

      This is a maaaajor aqeedah problem Akhi. We can only thank Allah for when Ramadan starts and when it ends. Saudis and the Saudi government has nothing to do with when the month starts or ends.

      Astagfur Allah.. this is a major aqeedah problem Akhi… i guess this is the UK islam for you… sigh

      Happy Eid to all of you…. even those who are in the UK :–)

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      • Bushra

        Assalaamualaikum Friend,

        Do not lump all Muslims in the UK into your definition of UK Islam. In fact, these problems exist all over the world, not just in the UK.

        Alhumdulillah, there are several Muslims here in the UK with the proper aqeedah and on the Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

        Assumptions are not becoming of the Muslim, so please refrain from making sweeping generalisations about Muslims in a particular country. Also, naseeha should either be given politely in public and therefore, it shouldn’t begin with ‘Astaghfirullah’, so as to embarrass the other person, or it should be given in secret, also in a polite manner to follow the characteristic of the Prophet(sallalahu alayhi wa sallam).

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      • umm Ibrahim

        I would like to think kashif was been overly sarcastic here.
        Major aqeedah problem? Uk islam? subhannallah!!

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      • Friend

        @ bushra @ umm Ibrahim oo come on… you guys always say “American Islam” this and that… just let this one slide for us already :)

        hahaha.. Eid Mubarak to you too… where ever you are.

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  7. sab

    Its not like they don’t live a normal life … there are new movies coming out to theatres on Sept 10th, ppl will still drink and party on friday/saturday night, etc. Life goes on. How come its only moslems who need to be “sensitive”.

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  8. Mujaahid

    I honestly don’t see why it should be canceled. No Irish person was asked not to celebrate Paddy’s day on account of an IRA bombing, so why should it be any different for Muslims? What happened on Sept.11th had nothing to do with Islam nor the vast majority of Muslims, you have nothing to be ashamed of nor fear. Celebrate Eid on the day it falls and leave all else to Allah.

    Also on the issue of the ‘Ground Zero’ masjid, I don’t recall there being any uproar and calls for Irish businesses to be shut and removed from the areas where the IRA bombed in the UK. The British had the good sense to see that the vast majority of Irish people played no role in the destruction wrought on the UK.

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  9. Sarah

    Excellent article masha’Allah. This is exactly what was necessary at this time… I am sure that many Muslims were anxious about Eid coinciding with September 11th and the anti-Muslim sentiments surrounding recent developments.

    And I totally agree that the best thing Muslims can do is express sentiments of peace and understanding instead of continuing the never-ending cycle of hate. The primary mode of effective da’wah is through manners and helping people to realize that Islam should not be judged based on the actions of a small minority of Muslims.

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  10. Sadia

    One thing to remember is that there is no mourning in Islam after three days. Marking the anniversary of something sad or happy every year is a western practice.

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    • Brandi

      I mean no disrespect to your religion; however, how can someone mourn only 3 days? Would you not mourn the death of a child on days that have significance, such as a birthday or the day of his/her death? Of course you would. Indeed, you may mourn his/her death just from a memory that stems from an article of clothing or a favorite place.

      “Westerners” do not mark anniversaries for mourning, yet, I am sure that it happens regardless. I am sure that this applies not only to us Westerners, but to any one experiences anything sad or tragic in their life.

      It is not on purpose.
      This is human nature.

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      • Amad

        Brandi, no disrespect. It’s a good question. I should clarify what the 3-days imply are “official” days of mourning, where people visit the deceased’s family, and there are some other formalities.

        Of course, the mourning and feelings will continue forever for a loved one. Islam believes in being 100% natural, and that’s you you’ll find many of our practices complying with man’s nature, and never a practice that exceeds man’s capability. For instance, the sick or travelling persons don’t have to fast as it is hard or dangerous to health, and so on.

        Hope that clarifies.

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  11. Olivia

    Great idea with this post so the majority of Americans can be made aware of why we’re celebrating. We just need to be vigilant. People will have their digital cameras already, so good idea to dually use it to record any violent incidents. I personally always carry a beltknife with me as well since my neighbor was mugged. A bad economy already calls for ir, let alone in a bad economy in which you’re a Muslim woman.

    Like it was said already, there is no need to feel “guilty” about Eid coinciding with 9.11. Allah has chosen this day for us to celebrate, and any one who does assert that we should feel guilty is just trying to lump responsibility for 9.11 on all of us just like with the Park 51 center.

    That being said, you can’t change what some fools will say or do, so being discrete about celebrating is not having a defeatist attitude being smart and protective in a situation where it is needed.

    Now that we’ve tied our camels let’s be put our trust in Allah and be happy! We can make extra dua’ for everyone on 9.11 for peace and a better tomorrow here and abroad. Have a Happy Eid!! =)

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  12. Ali Salaah

    Suratul Imran 118-119:

    Here you are loving them but they are not loving you, while you believe in the Scripture – all of it. And when they meet you, they say, “We believe.” But when they are alone, they bite their fingertips at you in rage. Say, “Die in your rage. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of that within the breasts.” If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.

    “Die in your rage” refers to those who are plotting against us with such rage but it shows that we should continue doing good deeds and not allow this to affect us. To me this says we should continue being Muslims in every fashion and not allow these bigots to affect us for “their plot will not harm you at all.”

    I pay the bigots no mind… none of us should.

    – Ali Salaah

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  13. Adrian Sebastiani

    My Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I found your site by accident as I am not Muslim but have opened a cafe near a large Mosque in Preston, Victoria. We have a western menu but also buy 95% of our meat as halal for our Muslim friends and neighbours. For some Muslims our efforts may not be satisfactory but for others it is seen as a means of a peace offering and taken as such. Others do not believe that a white Anglo Saxon man would do such a thing. I assure you it is true.
    I am not Christian nor Buddhist nor Muslim; but as a great leader on earth once replied when asked her religion replied. My religion is love. I believe in one God and I beleive in love. And Peace.
    Start with love and continue with love. If every Jew, Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim started with love think I what a world it would be!
    Celbrate your Eid openly and proudly but without arrogance or antagonism and forgive those who are acting out of ignorance bigotry and hurt.
    Martin Luther King once stated ” I have decided to stick with love, hatred is too great a burder to bear.”
    Wishing everybody a wonderful Eid and a world of forgiveness,love, kindness and acceptance.
    Adrian Sebastiani Motormower. 476 Murray Road Preston.
    motormowercafe@yahoo.com

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    • Amad

      Thanks Adrian. And best wishes for your cafe. I hope Muslims will patronize it in large numbers, as businesses by people like you deserve our support.

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  14. Wael - IslamicAnswers.com

    I don’t see the problem with having Eid on Friday September 10th. Muslims should have full festivities on that day. Of course it’s a good idea to always have some security posted, but I don’t think any major changes are necessary.

    Not celebrating on September 11th is just common sense. No Muslim community should have Eid celebrations on that day, not necessarily because of the fear of violence, but because it will give the anti-Muslim zealots fuel to say, “Look at the Muslims, they are celebrating the anniversary of 9-11!” As ridiculous as that may sound, there a huge uneducated segment of the population that will buy it.

    We must be aware that there has been a sea-change in sentiment in the USA in the last few months. Anti-Muslim bigotry has exploded. Unscrupulous leaders have capitalized on this issue to rally the latent fears of the masses. The same thing was seen in Nazi Germany in the years before the Holocaust, with the Kristalnacht being a significant precursor. This was also seen after the breakup of Yugoslavia (leading to the massacres of Bosnian Muslims) and in Rwanda before the genocide. Deeply cynical and calculating leaders used the issue of “fear of the other” to propel themselves into power.

    We are fools if we think that it cannot happen here. It can. People are people the world over. They have the same fears and prejudices waiting to be exploited.

    I’m not suggesting that we capitalize in fear. Only that we be smart. Don’t unnecessarily give them fuel for their fires. Be active in the Muslim community and the broader society. Be visible, but always in a good way and in the best context.

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  15. muminah

    salaam u alaykum, and happy advanced eid to everyone

    thanks for a great article!

    Regarding the national burn the Quran day, what possible responses can Muslims living outside the states have? Please give so we suggestions so we can also put in our part for Islam. jazakallah

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    • Sayf

      I’m surprised it’s even an issue, the man has a tiny congregation of about 20 something people, it’s really just a lot of fear mongering. I was watching Anderson Cooper yesterday and a lot of the panelists (surprisingly) agreed that it was irresponsible for the media to be giving attention to the crackpots. It’s deliciously ironic though because now the Westerners are getting a taste of the “well he’s just an extremist that doesn’t represent us” dialogue.

      I think a “lol ok w/e” attitude would be the most crippling to his desperate call for attention.

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      • Haytham

        @muminah,

        From outside the states, dua’ is definitely needed. I also think increasing awareness and reaching out to those who dont believe in Islam is a very good first step. The problem with these bigots is that they have a cheering following and those people act like the fuel to the fire. So by educating the masses, you will be putting out this fire. I wish you the best inshaAllah….

        @Sayf,

        Though I agree with the main idea of your post, I disagree with the motion to disregard such incidents. In a fast and highly digital world, ideas are easily transformed in to action. People of such positions (pastors and others) have a major effluence on ignorant and ill-willed people. So by promoting the response to such nonsense, we are promoting how radicle is this guy and hopefully those ignorant and ill-willed might change their mind from harming another muslim congregation in another state or country!

        Besides, its about time the media treat the idiots amongst non-muslims the same way they treat the idiots amongst muslims!

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  16. Adziah Aziz

    Assalmkum ,
    Dear muslims
    Don’t yield to a satanic thoughts
    that always there to distract us
    remember that Islam is perfect
    the goods and wonder to all humankind
    please be patient and wise
    let them shouted let them trashed
    for we will stand upright if all united
    and everybody knows
    Islam is the way of life!

    -adz

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