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Chattanooga mosque cancels Eid celebrations

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 01:27

The Chattanooga mosque, where reportedly the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines worshipped, cancels all activities for the Muslim Eid holiday. Mana Rabiee reports.

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This would normally be the time of year the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga would be celebrating Eid... The holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Instead, the mosque was quiet on Friday... A simple sign saying all Eid festivities are canceled in light of last week's deadly shooting in Tennessee. The suspect, 24-year-old Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, was a Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent and is said to have worshipped at this mosque. He was shoot dead himself during a shooting rampage at two military facilities, which authorities are treating now as a terror investigation. Mosque president Bassem Issa says the community decided this just isn't the time for celebration: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BASSEM ISSA, ISLAMIC CENTER OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "With this situation, we don't feel festive. We don't feel that's something...We're shocked. We're overwhelmed with sadness. This is no time for festive activities. So we asked the community, what do you feel? And we got the indication that they said we are not celebrating, we can't celebrate. We don't have it in us." The shooting left four marines dead. And on Saturday, the military said a fifth service member -- a sailor wounded in the attack -- also died of his injuries. The mosque condemned the shooting as a cowardly act of hate. It also asked its members to attend a local church vigil to honor the victims of the attack.

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Chattanooga mosque cancels Eid celebrations

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 01:27