LOS ANGELES – A group of American Muslim youth celebrating `Eid Al-Fitr in Los Angeles responded to a hateful protest last Saturday with a dance of love and peace, showing Islamophobes their true nature.
“The whole reason why the dance thing started is because we’re not here to be political,” Ibrahem Dalati who started the dance, told Buzz Feed on July 10.
“We’re here to celebrate a festival. It’s about love. It’s about peace. And why would anyone want to ruin that?” he added.
Troubles started last Saturday when a group of Los Angeles Muslims gathered to celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr which crowns the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The gathering Muslims were interrupted by three men who came to protest the event, with signs that read, “Islam is a religion of blood and murder.”
One man, ranting for minutes, could be heard shouting, “You call yourself a religion of peace? You guys are walking time bombs.”
A video clip captured the protesters making bigoted statements like “anybody here have a pilot license? I need to be concerned if you own a pilot license,” and “You call yourself a religion of peace? You guys are walking time bombs.”
At this moment, 18-year-old Dalati decided to take action.
He can be heard saying, “Let’s keep the peace. Let’s show them what we are,” in the video.
Dalati told BuzzFeed News he saw the sound guy putting on the music and he thought, “this was the perfect opportunity to drown out the protesters.” He turned the music up and walked back with a couple dance moves.
“Hold my walkie,” Dalati said before really letting loose on the makeshift dance floor counter-protest.
The protestors tried to use their bullhorn, but they were drowned out by the music. The clapping and feelings were too strong.
He lamented the sharp increase of anti-Muslim sentiments in America recently.
“All I have to say is, this is a world that’s so full of hate lately and it’s up to us to realize that it doesn’t have to be. We can come together,” said Dalati, who graduated from high school last month.
“America used to be a place where we look at our neighbors and smile. We should look at our neighbors and ask them how they are and if they need help. In America, we’re not supposed to just be neighbors. We have to be family.”