Muslim holiday, 9/11 anniversary fall 1 day apart

Muslim holiday, 9/11 anniversary fall 1 day apart

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - There are a lot of emotions as we approach the 15th year since the 9/11 terrorists attacks Sunday.

It comes one day before Muslims celebrate their biggest holiday, Eid al-Adha The holiday marks the end of a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Karmel Mall in Minneapolis isn't normally packed on a Saturday, but it was this weekend as families prepare for the holiday, buying food and gifts.

"Once you're in the mall and you see all these people getting ready for Eid, all the happiness, kids getting their henna done, it's such a wonderful sight," said Sabrina Seyf, who spent the day drawing temporary tattoos on women, a longstanding tradition.

The range of emotions within the next 48 hours cannot be overlooked as thousands will gather for Monday prayer services at mosques and larger venues like the Minneapolis Convention Center. All of this is happening one day after September 11th, a day that reminds us fear has no boundaries.

"Definitely the community is on edge. There's definitely a concern of safety and security but also I think it's a moment to talk about the American-Muslim story which is that yes September 11th was a horrible tragedy, but we've learned a lot and we've grown as a community," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota Chapter.

Eid al-Adha has been celebrated in Minnesota since the early 1900s. The holiday falls on a different day each year, so this year, there's a delicate balance of emotions.

"Especially in a time now in the United States where there has been so much anti-Muslim rhetoric I think this holiday is a holiday people will be celebrating," said Hussein.

The Minneapolis Police Department says it hasn't received requests for extra patrols during Monday's prayer services, but says it's aware of the holiday and its officers are watching closely.


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