Monday, September 21, 2009

In honor of Eid, some Muslim history, religion, and culture resources.

Eid ul-Fitr (the Celebration of Breaking the Fast) is the Muslim celebration at the end of Ramadan.

According to Muslim belief, the prophet Muhammad spent the lunar month of Ramadan praying and fasting in the wilderness, and was given the Quran. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and work on the virtues of purity, self-control, compassion, and generosity. Part of the Ramadan observance is contributing an extra donation to the needy above and beyond monthly alms. At the end of Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated with feasting, family gatherings and visiting, and special prayers that ask for forgiveness, mercy, and help for all living beings.

This year Ramadan lasted from August 22 until September 20, and Eid ul-Fitr is today.

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