Source: Los Angeles Times
On February 9, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported that "thousands of Southern California Muslims gathered Sunday to mark one of their most important holidays and the end of hajj, the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca. They came — young and old, men and women — to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a holiday that honors Abraham, the prophet who was willing to sacrifice his son at God's request. But one gathering proved to be more than merely religious observances, as the Muslims demonstrated their increasing political involvement. At the Anaheim Convention Center, where about 8,000 Muslims came together, the Council on American-Islamic Relations sponsored a voter registration drive, which also took place at gatherings in New York and Washington, D.C."