Let’s take a moment to consider the possibility of the Eid falling on a day that the world (including us) marks as a sad day in history — 9/11. Here are four recommendations I have compiled to help you if this should happen:
1. Don’t apologize, don’t pander, don’t posture.
Eid is, first and foremost, a celebration. Yes, we reflect on the historical and religious significance of this holiday, but it’s not a somber day of remembrance. There is no need to downplay festivities or to feel ashamed of your anticipation and excitement.
It has long been time for us, as a community, to stop apologizing (and paying) for a crime we didn’t commit.
2. Don’t reference 9/11 in conjunction with Islam, Eid, or your Muslim identity.
If we continue to associate it with us, others will continue to associate it with us. Forget writing a “Eid landing on 9/11 this year was totally unintentional” Facebook status.
Who are you clarifying that for? Doesn’t everyone have access to Google? You might be itching to explain, but you would be doing far more harm than good to your community.
3. Go to the mosque and celebrate Eid.
Seriously. There’s no Muslim council that convenes to pick a date, it’s a coincidence, we have only two Eids a year, and we deserve to celebrate.
Would we strip any other group of the religious freedom to observe their holidays under similar circumstances?
4. Be aware of your surroundings, and most of all, stay safe!
Written by Sara Zayed