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Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
I was pretty PO'd when I read that, thinking that the mall was actually going to let someone advertise a celebration of the 9/11 bloodbath, and did some researching. Here's what I found out:
Analysis: The mall in Houston is real (it's actually known as the Harwin Central Mart), the store in the mall is real (it's called Perfume Planet), and the sign pictured above was real (it said, "We will be closed on Friday, September 11, 2009 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (A.S.)").
However, the email text contains one very conspicuous falsehood, namely the claim that "Imam Ali" was one of the terrorists who flew planes into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was not. None of the 9/11 hijackers identified by the FBI went by that name.
In fact, Imam Ali — whom Shia Muslims revere as Muhammad's successor and Islam's First Imam — died more than 13 centuries ago, in 661 A.D. His martyrdom is commemorated on the 21st day of Ramadan each year, which in 2009 happened to fall on September 11.