Beginning this Tuesday, Muslims throughout the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, which marks the conclusion of Ramadan. For Muslims, Ramadan is an important holy month, marked by fasting and other important practices and commemorations. Because the start of Islamic holidays depends on when the new moon is sighted, there is sometimes some debate about when exactly Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr begin. In Cairo, thousands gathered in the streets near the central Mustafa Mahmoud mosque and exchanged greetings after their morning prayers. On the other side of the world in Seattle, 7000 Muslims gathered in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center for a large Eid celebration. The first link leads to a story on the conclusion of Ramadan and the beginning of the celebration of Eid al-Fitr from the online edition of Newsday. The second link leads to a news piece from the Seattle Times about how Muslims in the Pacific Northwest are honoring their commitment to Ramadan. The third link will take visitors to a news piece from the UCLA Daily Bruin by Sabaa Saleem where she offers her perspective on the similarities between Ramadan and Thanksgiving. The fourth link leads to a site that contains a number of commentaries on the various aspects of Ramadan, such as fasting. The fifth link will lead visitors to an online version of a book written by Tajuddin B. Shu'aib on the essentials of Ramadan, complete with separate chapters on just about ever aspect of the expected behavior and rituals for this holy month. The final link leads to a site that proffers the basic rules and regulations of Ramadan, as compiled by Ishaq Zahid.


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