Muslims follow the Islamic lunar calendar to determine the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals. Next week, Muslims will be observing the moon or the crescent to determine the end of Ramadan month and the beginning of a new moon or the new month (i.e. Shawwal). The first day of Shawwal marks the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid Al-Fitr (festivity for breaking the fasting month).
Coincidentally, the first day of Shawwal the day in which 1.5 billion Muslims are going to celebrate their Eid might be on September 11. Ironically, many Muslim centers and organizations are going to shift their community events to Sunday September 12 as in ICNA case or one week after September 11 (i.e. September 18) as the Islamic Center here in my city. Every Muslim Center and Organization here in the US will give you a different reason why they will not hold their Eid event on September 11. But the reality is they can’t have their community event on September 11 out of fear that they will be accused of celebrating the death of 3000 Americans. Islam and Muslims are not welcomed here by at least half of the population. It turned out that Park51 (formerly Cordoba House) is not the only Islamic Center that is getting objection from people to be built.
Some Muslims haters already talked about how Muslims will celebrate September 11, when Ramadan started. Here are two examples of what have been said about ICNA’s Muslim family day at Six Flags event that will take place on September 12:
“Spitting on the face of Americans” (Joe Kaufman)
“Who picked the 9/12 date for Muslim Family Day and why? Is it to show us that the day after the date of the attacks they are not only still here but growing in population and pandered to by places like Six Flags?” (Debbie Schlussel)
There are five to six million Muslim Americans here in the US. This big group has the highest percentage of educated people and the lowest percentage of crimes. You will never hear of a Muslim or an Arab mafia. Hospitals are full of Muslim doctors who help, by the will of Allah, cure thousands of Americans daily.
American Muslims have nothing to do with what happened on September 11, 2001 yet they have been called terrorists, sleeping cells, Americans haters, etc. Muslims in the US and Europe are not welcomed because of September 11. I know many Muslims like to describe Islam as a religion of peace but Islam is not just about peace it is bigger than that Islam is to spread justice among humans. Killing civilians, as what Al-Qaeda and the alike terrorist groups do, is no justice.
Islam didn’t teach those terrorists to kill people. They are doing it because they were brain washed to hate others, including Muslims who are not in their groups.
American Muslims should celebrate Eid even if it is on September 11. They are not celebrating the unjustifiable death of 3,000 Americans rather they are following what they have been commanded to do by Allah that is to celebrate a holy day (Eid Al-Fitr). Nine years have passed, hundred of thousands of Iraqi and Afghanistani have been killed, thousands of American soldiers have been killed, and a trillion dollar has been wasted. We need to stop, rethink and move on.