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While the nation marked the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attack Thursday, the American Islamic Congress held an interfaith gathering at Boston University to find ways to dispel Islamic stereotypes reinforced by the Sept. 11 incident.
The gathering drew 75 Christians, Jews and Muslims to hold an interfaith iftar, which is the breaking of the fast after sunset during Ramadan, a major Islamic event when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The American Islamic Congress is a civil rights non-profit organization established after Sept. 11, 2001.
Barry Hoffman, consulate general of Pakistan, who attended the iftar, said, quoted by the Boston Globe, "I hope this helps people to realize that Muslims are as fragmented as Christians... Nine-eleven was a terrible tragedy for all Americans... a number of Muslims were killed in 9/11."