The incident occurred on Eid Al Adha – also known as “The Festival of Sacrifice” an Islamic holy day that celebrates the Prophet Abraham’s obedience to Allah’s request to sacrifice his son, Isaac. On Eid Al Adha, Minnesota Muslims flock to the Mall of America by the tens of thousands. A FOX 9 story posted just hours before the September 12th incident cites the tradition: in “A Pilgrimage to Mall of America on Eid Al Adha,” KMSP reporter Maury Glover states that “anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 Muslims (celebrate Eid Al Adha) at the MOA.”
KARE 11 posted its report on Facebook where it was shared by over 400 people. Many of the posts were by teenagers seemingly involved in the disturbance (see below); their comments about the incident were mostly prideful, stating “It was lit…” and using laughing with tears emojis to describe their glee.