MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is calling on law enforcement to increase security patrols during Eid ul-Adha, or “festival of the sacrifice,” this weekend. Minnesota Muslims will mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca with prayers and celebrations around the state, CAIR said Sunday.
The council’s executive director, Jaylani Hussein, said he asks local law enforcement to ensure a “safe and joyful” Eid for the state’s Muslim community amid recent aggression towards mosques.READ MORE: Clean Car Debate At Minnesota Capitol May Lead To Summer Closures Of State Parks, Trails
“With an increased hostility toward the Muslim community and recent bias incidents against mosques in the past few months, we need to make sure that we take all necessary safety precautions,” Hussein said.READ MORE: Marietta's Salt Lake Is A Paradise For Birds And Bird Watchers
Eid ul-Adha is celebrated with communal prayer, small gifts for children, and social gatherings.MORE NEWS: COVID In MN: Gov. Walz To Announce On Thursday His Timeline To End All Restrictions