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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
First lady to high school grads: live your dreams
May 18, 2013 19:28 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
Mrs. Obama spoke for 22-minutes to the Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville in her only high school graduation speech this year.
The first lady told the 170 graduates that she spent too much of her own time in college focusing on academic achievements. She said while her success in college and law school led to a high-profile job, she ended up leaving to focus on public service.
Mrs. Obama had this message for the graduates: "Do not waste a minute living someone else's dream."
Mrs. Obama later presented graduate diplomas on stage.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.