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'Recent events' prompt increased security at Raleigh Ramadan celebration

Posted June 25

— As Britain remains on high alert for terror-related incidents after a car struck a crowd celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslim communities across the country are expressing concern.

Ramadan is a month of fasting for about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide and Eid-al-Fatr is a celebration that began Sunday.

At the Islamic Association of Raleigh, families attended a prayer service, a meal and fellowship.

The invitation to the celebration also included a note stating there would be increased security at this year’s event because of “recent events.”

ISIS claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in London, Kabul and Melbourne and some say it’s hard to ignore the fact this has been a violent Ramadan. Locally, they say they are pushing through with optimism.

“I think the Muslim community, besides the prayers, the people meet each other, talk with each other and know each other better, even if for a short time,” said worshiper Mohamad Elgamal.

The celebration is open to Muslims and non-Muslims.

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  • Kevin Weidner Jun 26, 10:01 a.m.
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    I certainly hope that part of the "Increased Security" includes RPD or Wake County Sherriffs officers assistig with traffic on Method Road in lieu of the private citizens I have seen in the past. When events at the Islamic Association of Raleigh conclude, individuals with orange safety vests (not law enforcement) attempt to stop traffic on Method road in order to allow visitors leaving the Islamic Association of Raleigh the ability to turn from Atwater Street without stopping at the stop sign. I have witnessed a number of close calls where drivers have either ignored the folks directing traffic, or are not aware that there is traffic exiting Atwater without stopping. Hopefully, law enforcement can assist with stopping the traffic if they have not already started doing so.