After a month of fasting, Muslims in Anaheim, California, celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, an Islamic holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
A festival featuring a parade, performances, games and various vendors was in full swing at Center Street Promenade when protesters showed up at the event holding up anti-Muslim messages and shouting Islamophobic slurs.
One poster read “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, all others are thieves and robbers” and another had “Islam is a religion of blood & murder. The blood of Jesus is given as a ransom for all mankind.”
To blur out hate with some fun, an 18-year-old American Muslim, Ibrahem Dalati, turned the street into a dance floor and got into the groove. He was soon joined by others who were apparently there to enjoy themselves. The teenager can be heard saying, “Let’s keep the peace. Let’s show them what we are,” in the video.
The impromptu dance party that kicks off at the video's 3:00 mark was caught on camera by onlookers, and the voices of protesters were drowned out by music and clapping.
“The next thing I know, it started drawing a crowd. It ended up being one big group. I loved it; it was wonderful to see. It had a really positive reaction,” Dalati told The Orange County Register.
The teen believes music has a “great way to bring people together” and he was really glad he could use it to his advantage and change a hostile situation into one of peace, love and fun.