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Holiday brings Muslims together

Eid al-Fitr marks end of monthlong fast

Men tend the long charcoal grill of chicken and hot dogs at the Colonie Muslim Community Center's Eid celebration, serving many thier first daylight meal in a month. In the foreground, clockwise Sayed Waly, Dafalla Eltayeb Nabeel Shohatee, and Omar Alrifai.
Photographer: John Enger
Men tend the long charcoal grill of chicken and hot dogs at the Colonie Muslim Community Center's Eid celebration, serving many thier first daylight meal in a month. In the foreground, clockwise Sayed Waly, Dafalla Eltayeb Nabeel Shohatee, and Omar Alrifai.
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The faithful gathered at the Muslim Community Center were nearly giddy Sunday afternoon. Happy shrieks echoed from bouncy castles. Chicken sizzled over charcoal. Young men laughed in the parking lot and old men chatted in their native tongues. More than 100 people came together to celebrate the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, and after the monthlong religious fast of Ramadan, they deserved a party. “It’s a day of celebration,” said Muhammad Trinidad, as he watched his ...


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