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Some Islamic faith community members across the state felt anxious as they awaited news on the dates of the annual Hajj pilgrimage and a subsequent holiday.

Early on, the lunar calendar hinted that the date of Eid al-Adha, one of the most festive Muslim holidays, would be Sunday, coinciding with a date many Americans view as a somber one: Sept. 11.

Sheryl Siddiqui, of Tulsa, spokeswoman for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma, said some Muslim Oklahomans wondered how the Eid holiday would be handled if it occurred on the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists, later identified as operatives with the al-Qaida terrorist group, flew hijacked air planes into iconic American buildings.


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