WZTV FOX 17 - Top Stories
The festival today was held to mark the breaking of the daily fast during the month of Ramadan- but it was also a chance to promote unity and share a special time with Non-Muslims.
It was a chance to connect with their neighbors and share their culture.
It was the first time all of the Middle Tennessee Muslim Communities came together for this celebration.....
Kasar Abdullah says, “I think the whole tension that is trying to marginalize the Muslim Community have made the Muslims turn to each other much more in solidarity.”
And while it was a chance for Muslims to gather- the invitation was extended to any and everybody
Daoud Abudiab says, “We are part of the community we have to be visible we are not doing anything wrong we are just being who we are and I think it would behoove others to come to learn about us.”
Families who took part in the festival Muslim or not were treated to free pizza- carnival games and treats and more.
Susannah Fotopulos says, “We like to expose our children I have a 5 year old and a 19 month old and we like to expose our children to different cultural opportunities.”
Kasar Abdullah says seeing Muslims and Non-Muslims come together was heartwarming.
Kasar Abdullah says, “I think it is super exciting that you see your Non-Muslim neighbors there with you celebrating the holidays I find excitement when I celebrate holidays with my Non-Muslim friends.”
Organizers say they wanted to take this time to bring everyone together especially after the hardships they went through opening the mosque in Murfreesboro.
Daoud Abudiab says, “It's really about being part of the community continuing to be part of the American fabric.”
More than 500 people showed up at the celebration.
With that turnout organizers say they this will likely become a tradition.
Monday, August 20 2012, 12:36 AM CDT
Man charged with faking marriage to visit inmate
May 22, 2013 13:32 GMT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Washington County authorities say a man faked a marriage certificate so he could visit a woman held in the Johnson City Detention Facility.
The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/14QBr9L ) reports investigators discovered the ruse after the May 14 visit by 32-year-old Robert S. Hicks of Elizabethton. Hicks was arrested Tuesday on a charge of criminal simulation. He was jailed at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bond, pending a court appearance Wednesday.
Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
BC-US--Dow Record-Three Personal Stories, 1st Ld-Writethru,1173
Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
AP Photo FX102, FX103
Eds: With BC-US--Dow Record. Adds photos.
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.