Muslims at Super Eid

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Super Eid draws thousands of Muslims to US Bank Stadium

MPD adds security, as is standard for major events

August 21, 2018 - 8:29 am
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Thousands from Minnesota's Muslim community gathered at US Bank Stadium on Tuesday for a festival known as Super Eid. 

Twenty different mosques and organizations put together in the event, held for the first time in the home of the NFL's Vikings.

The Minnesota Council on American-Islamic Relations called on law enforcement to increase security patrols in the areas during the festival.

There were concerns of protests in reaction to what organizers say was misinformation spread on social media.

A handful of supporters were outside the stadium welcoming everyone, some holding signs that read "Love thy neighbor."

Inside, on the stadium's artificial turf, people dressed in traditional religious clothing set down rugs for them to sit, and to later bow in prayer.

"At the time of Christmas, families come together, celebrate together. Eid is like that, it's a time of joy," said Ahmed Anshur, who helped organize the event.

Following tradition, men were seated in the front near the podium.  About fifty yards behind, women and children gathered along a line stretching from sideline to sideline of the football gridiron.

Eid is celebrated at the end of Muslims' annual pilgrammage to Mecca.

The state's Muslim community has held Eid celebrations for more than a decade, many times at the Minneapolis Convention Center.