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Muslim Holy Day on Sept. 11? Coincidence Stirs Fears
by Samantha Schmidt
Every year, Muslim leaders around the world look to the moon to predict the date for one of their most important holidays, Eid al-Adha — the feast of sacrifice.
When Habeeb Ahmed began about two months ago to plan for that holy day, he noticed a potentially fraught coincidence: Eid al-Adha could fall on Sept. 11.
"Some people might want to make something out of that," said Mr. Ahmed, who was recently elected president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, adding that he could easily foresee how some might misunderstand the festivities, and say, "Look at these Muslims, they are celebrating 9/11."
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