Tag Archives: Eid

Jerusalem: eyewitness account from a divided city

Traditional Ramadan meeting place: Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, after police removed barriers. Ade Ruished, Author provided Adel Ruished, Lancaster University Not long after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into force on Friday May 21, members of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) entered the al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, reportedly using teargas and stun grenades to disperse Muslims praying there. …

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What Ramadan means to Muslims: 4 essential reads

Women pray at a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 6 in Bali, Indonesia. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

Women pray at a mosque during the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on May 6 in Bali, Indonesia. AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati Kalpana Jain, The Conversation During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world will not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. Muslims believe that the sacred text of Quran was first revealed to Prophet …

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legacy”>Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical …

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Why is Eid celebrated twice a year and how has coronavirus changed the festival?

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Worshippers wearing protective face masks and gloves offer Eid al-Fitr prayers in Teheran. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi Ken Chitwood, Concordia College New York Editor’s note: At sundown on July 30, Muslims all over the world celebrated one of the principal festivals, Eid al-Adha. Earlier in May, Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr. Ken Chitwood, a scholar of global Islam, explains the two Islamic …

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