US attorney celebrates Ramadan with Albuquerque Muslims

Shafi Abdul Aziz
Imam Shafi Abdul Aziz, left, of the the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque, speaks on the importance of tolerance during afternoon prayer Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. A coalition of Christian and Jewish leaders presented the Albuquerque mosque dozens of "letters of support" after GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump suggested the U.S. place a moratorium on Muslim immigration. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Attorney for New Mexico is hoping a visit to an Islamic community center in Albuquerque will send a message against any anti-Muslim backlash.

U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez joined Muslims at the Islamic Center of New Mexico on Saturday night to celebrate the last few days of the holy month of Ramadan.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is observed by Muslims everywhere as a month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

Martinez’s appearance is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s ongoing efforts to address threats against Muslims, Arabs and Sikhs in the wake of terrorism incidents involving perpetrators who claim to be following Islam.

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