Brooklyn Muslims Mark July 4th Protesting Attack on Teens Leaving Ramadan Prayers

New Yorkers said “Happy Fourth of July” and “Eid Mubarak” at about the same time this year, thanks to the predictable lunar cycle. But a less predictable pattern of violence against Muslims marred the last few days of the holy month of Ramadan for Brooklyn Muslims.

This story was originally going to be about the way Brooklyn’s Muslim community celebrates the Fourth of July, but on the holiday reports emerged of two sixteen year old Muslim boys suffering a severe beating at the hands of an assailant who called one a “terrorist” on Sunday night, according to the victims. Unnamed police sources have told local news outlets that the brawl began when the young men started talking to the assailant’s girlfriend.