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A Muslim-American Teen Responded To A Hateful Protest In The Best Way

One Muslim-American teen responded to the hateful tirade the only way he could — with dance.

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Muslim-Americans in the Los Angeles area celebrated Eid al-Fitr — an important Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan — with a two-day Eid festival with food, games, entertainment, and musical performances.

But early Saturday, three men came to protest the event, with signs that read, “Islam is a religion of blood and murder.”

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That’s when Ibrahem Dalati, 18, stepped in.

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“Let’s keep the peace. Let’s show them what we are,” he said.

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 whole reason why the dance thing started is because we’re not here to be political. We’re here to celebrate a festival. It’s about love. It’s about peace. And why would anyone want to ruin that?" said Dalati.

"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.

He added: "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."

Talal Ansari is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. His secure PGP fingerprint is 4FEE 894C 8088 7E08 E170 A515 2801 7CC6 95D3 11C2

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