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Ramadan holy month ends

2011-08-29 21:29

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia has announced that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, characterised by dawn-to-dusk fasting and heightened piety, has ended.

The decision was made after sunset on Monday when the new moon was spotted. Muslims follow a lunar calendar.

Saudi Arabia said the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan would begin on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia is home to the main Muslim holy sites.

Egypt and several other Arab countries said they, too, will observe Eid al-Fitr.

The month of fasting and extended prayer began on August 1.

For many Muslims, Ramadan is a spiritual exercise, a lesson in self-restraint and a time for empathy and charity.

It is observed by millions of believers around the world.

Comments
  • RATIONALE - 2011-08-29 21:49

    Happy Ramadan to all you Muslim folks! May you come back and share some profound lessons and help the people of this land to heal and regenerate. No hate blogs please, there is no time like this to start a positive movement for mutual caring, love, compassion, forgiveness, and self-introspection. Sites like this were meant for that purpose, not to hurl insults and display these extreme levels of insensitivities and hate. RESPECT!!

      Riaad - 2011-08-29 23:12

      Thank you, Rationale. I too, am totally disgusted by the hate comments on this site. I suspect that the reason is that pseudonyms are being used - hence cowardly hate-mongers think that they can get away with it. If only all non-Muslims were as amicable and spiritual as you! We may disagree on many points but as long as there is respect, mutual good-will and compassion, our debating may actually bear positive fruit. With God's help, of course. E-mail me anytime :)

      Umfubi - 2011-08-29 23:33

      Lots of us around, Riaad. Unfortunately the bigots often make the most noise. Happy Eid to you and all other Muslim readers.

      sardonicus - 2011-08-30 11:00

      Eid Mubaarak! Wishing Muslims well over Eid. I'll leave the debating and hating for another day.

      slojam - 2011-08-30 11:23

      Hats off to you sardonicus. I admire the respect that you display.

  • saxor - 2011-08-29 23:39

    Eid Mubaraks

      aa gone - 2011-08-30 04:29

      thank you dude

  • Eva Bogiages - 2011-08-30 06:55

    "Netherlander's" comment is absolutely disgusting and uncalled for! Is his comment a reflection of what is happening in countries like Norway? We really don't need pathetic, ignorant and prejudiced "thinkers" like this on the planet. They are the ones who need to practise self-restraint, empathy and charity! "Netherlander" probably suffers from a persecution complex and feels that he doesn't belong anywhere. We should pray for types like these.

  • FoxyLady - 2011-08-30 07:18

    Eid Mubarak to all celebrating...

  • allieconcern - 2011-08-30 08:38

    Concerned. Eid greetings (slamat)to all fellow muslims.May God restore all our hearts with love,mercy,compassion so that we may all contribute positively to making this world a better place to be. Lets forgive Netherlander and welcome him back.

      slojam - 2011-08-30 08:50

      Agreed... Netherlander, we forgive you :)

  • allieconcern - 2011-08-30 08:41

    Eid greetings to all muslims on their day of celebration.May God fill all our hearts with love,mercy,compassion so that we may contribute positively towards making this world a better place to be. Let's forgive and welocome netherlander back.

  • slojam - 2011-08-30 08:47

    On behalf of all Muslims, thank you to all bloggers (to the likes of McDaNife, RATIONALE, Umfubi, saxor, Eva, foxylady and others..) for the best wishes. Peace onto all of you and to those like 'Netherlander' that still harbour hate and religious intolerance. Eid Mubaruk everybody!

  • TheBestMan - 2011-08-30 09:03

    ****YAWNNNN***

  • j4truth - 2011-08-30 13:51

    Now that Ramadan is finished, could we have equal attention to the Jewish feasts of Trumpets, Atonement ant Tabernacles! Thank you That would be wonderful.

  • hafezhamza - 2011-08-30 15:44

    EID MUBARAK

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