Muslims gather at LA Convention Center for prayer marking end of Ramadan

Hundreds of Muslims gathered for Eid Mubarak, getting set for prayers at the L.A. Convention Center marking the end of Ramadan.
Hundreds of Muslims gathered for Eid Mubarak, getting set for prayers at the L.A. Convention Center marking the end of Ramadan. Shirley Jahad/KPCC

Hundreds of Muslims gathered at the L.A. Convention Center this morning for prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.

Maher Hathout of the Islamic Center of Southern California spoke to the group. He says as this Muslim holy day falls on the eve of 9/11, "Muslims and non-Muslims alike will pray to God to heal their wounds and ameliorate their pain."

Hathout also talked about the pastor in Florida who sparked an international furor over plans to burn Korans on 9/11. Hathout says, "He is burning a book he didn't read that glorifies Jesus and Mary and Moses and all the prophets of God."

Hathout says Muslims should stand tall, be proud and ignore the pastor. "A man wants to build a fire using books he did not read, this is a problem for the fire department," Hathout says.

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