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Muslims Tone Down Eid, a Holiday Falling on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Kyla C. Grant
ABC News

More than 8,000 people poured through the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md., this morning in shifts for prayer and worship in celebration of Eid ul-Fitr – a celebration marking the end of a month of Ramadan fasting.

Clothed in colorful, embroidered robes, families from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland cheerfully greeted each other, and later, in unison chanted songs of thanksgiving to Allah.

Joyful as they were, Muslims across the country consciously made this Eid celebration somewhat somber to show respect. The date of the holiday, which is determined by the lunar calendar, coincides with the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

“Brothers and sisters, now is your opportunity to show our brothers and sisters who are not Muslims, who we really are,” said Mohamed Shmohamed, Imam of the Muslim Center in Silver Spring in his Eid sermon. “And the best way we can show them is through our manners, proper etiquette, and how we behave.”

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