x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

New York Ramadan service organisers find scattered bacon

Muslims gathering to celebrate the end of Ramadan at a New York City park found uncooked bacon scattered around, with police investigating it as a possible hate crime.

NEW YORK // Muslims gathering to celebrate the end of Ramadan at a New York City park found uncooked bacon scattered around, with police investigating it as a possible hate crime.

Organisers say the bacon pieces were found in a small section of the New Dorp Beach park Sunday morning.

Muslims are prohibited from eating pork products. The New York chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations says pork is often used to offend or taunt Muslims. It says there have been similar taunts around the country.

Only a handful of organisers from the Muslim American Society on Staten Island noticed the pork in the park.

One organiser told the Staten Island Advance that about 1,500 worshippers gathered on Sunday to celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.