Ramadan and Thanksgiving

November 23, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

On November 23, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "this year, Thanksgiving fell during the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. So [in Kansas City] the Papa family, of the Islamic faith, broke their fast with a traditional holiday meal. But across town, Mustafa Hussein will have nothing to do with Thanksgiving. The holiday has Christianity as its root, he says, and to celebrate it is to betray his own Islamic heritage." The article also reported that although most Muslims in the area usually celebrate Thanksgiving, many were cutting back on their festivities this year due to the timing of Ramadan.