CAIR-TAMPA: SADDAM HUSSEIN'S EXECUTION, CELEBRATED AND CRITICIZED IN BAY AREA
But Saddam's execution comes as Muslims around the globe observe Eid-al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, a four day holiday marking the end of the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the holiest days of the year in the religion.
"It's a time of forgiveness, a time of compassion a time of love and mercy. Execution is completely opposite from that." said Ahmed Bedier, Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
During local festivities in Tampa, Bedier called Saddam's death "just," but he likened its timing to executing a Christian on Easter.
"I think that was an unwise move on the part of the Iraqi government to do that which will make a bad problem way, way worse for the people in the area." Bedier said.