Eid al-Fitr in a Changed America

December 17, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe


On December 17, 2001, The Boston Globe reported, "Muslims celebrate somberly." The article noted, "At an hourlong prayer service yesterday that packed an estimated 5,000 people into the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, local Muslims tried to balance their joy for Eid al-Fitr - literally, 'breaking the fast' - with more somber world events." The article listed a number of events, such as the September 11 attacks, the war in Afghanistan, the violence in the Middle East, and the actions against major Muslim charities in the U.S., among those that cast a shadow over Eid.