Thousands of Muslims streamed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Tuesday, to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid.
According to reporters on the scene, chants of “Allahu Akbar” could be heard from the loudspeakers. The event, advertised as a “Super Eid,” drew some 30,000 Muslims to the stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play, the Star-Tribune reported.
The celebration usually requires the slaughter of live animals, but no animals were killed at the stadium.
Laura Loomer reported that “Allahu Akbar” could be heard from the PA system as participants entered the stadium.
People can be seen in this video holding signs that say “Love thy neighbor” as “Allahu Akbar” is broadcasted on the loudspeaker repetitively in the background. pic.twitter.com/UfBjN9zKTg
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While organizers feared protesters, the event carried on with no opposition whatsoever. Despite that the Star-Tribune found a participant to decry the “hate” Muslims face.
“Sometimes it feels like the hate toward us is getting more and more [prevalent],” participant Elham Mahmoud to the Star-Tribune. “But there’s still loving people who want to spread their love.”
However, others celebrated the openness and freedom Muslims enjoy in the United States.
“I truly felt like this is what America is all about,” another participant told the paper. “I’m an American. I can stand here at U.S. Bank Stadium and pray and I’m welcome here.”
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