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Charlottetown Muslims celebrate Eid in new mosque

Muslims are marking Eid al-Adha in Charlottetown's first purpose-built mosque, which opened in July.

Festival comes after mixed year

Some P.E.I. muslims have feel threatened by incidents at the mosque. (CBC)

Muslims are marking Eid al-Adha in Charlottetown's first purpose-built mosque, which opened in July.

There was a ceremony celebrating Eid at the mosque Friday morning, and there will be a feast Saturday.

Celebrations for the mosque opening were marred by some nasty incidents: a pig's head left on the construction site a year ago, and a bottle filled with gasoline with a note reading "Defeat Jihad" left on the doorstep in September.

Muslim Society of P.E.I. spokesman Zain Essegheier said the incidents have caused many Island Muslims to worry about their safety, but it is time to move on.

"The incidents, we're really leaving them behind, we're moving forward with our lives," said Essegheier.

"These are opportunities for people to come together. Food is always a good way of getting people together."

Saturday's pot luck feast will 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Centre on University Avenue.

Eid al-Adha coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.