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The national furor over the proposed mosque at Ground Zero in New York has caused local Muslim leaders to delay their annual Ramadan celebration to avoid holding it on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

"We wanted to be sensitive to the feelings over that horrible, evil act," said Hakim Ouansafi, president and chairman of the Hawaii Muslim Association.

He said the Eid al Fitr ("the breaking of the fast") festival -- celebrating the end of the monthlong Ramadan -- would normally fall on Sept. 11, but it will be pushed back to Sept. 24, which coincides with Islam Day in Hawaii.


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