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Preaching peace and communal harmony, Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt organises Iftar party in temple premises

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Preaching peace and communal harmony, Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt organises Iftar party in temple premises

- In a first in the long history of Udupi’s famous Sri Krishna Temple, Muslims broke their Ramzan fast in an Iftar organised at Annabrahma Dining Hall in the temple premises on Saturday. According to The News Minute, over 150 members of the Muslim community had participated in the ‘Souharda Upahara Koota’ (harmony breakfast meet) held in the temple. On the menu were items like banana, apple, and watermelon

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Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated tomorrow, confirms Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid

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Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated tomorrow, confirms Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid

- Eid to be celebrated across India on Monday. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country tomorrow, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari said on Sunday. The festival marks the culmination of fasting and holy month of Ramzan. "Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow as the Eid moon was sighted in Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Uttar Pradesh today," Bukhari said

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GJM offers 12-hr 'window' to Muslims for Eid in Darjeeling

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GJM offers 12-hr 'window' to Muslims for Eid in Darjeeling

- In a change of stand, the GJM today decided to allow a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for the Muslims to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in the Darjeeling hills tomorrow. "The Muslim community in the hills will be given a 12- hour relaxation on June 26, from 6 am to 6 pm, to celebrate Eid," a senior Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader said. Muslims can also use vehicles with stickers mentioning the purpose to go to the plains and meet their relatives, he added

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8-hour Eid al-Fitr ceasefire in Marawi ends with gunfire, mortar blasts

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8-hour Eid al-Fitr ceasefire in Marawi ends with gunfire, mortar blasts

- MARAWI (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, AFP) - An eight-hour ceasefire declared by the Philippine military Sunday (June 25) in the war-torn city of Marawi to allow residents to celebrate the end of Ramadan has ended with automatic rifle and machine gun fire, along with mortar round explosions. Military chief General Eduardo Ano had announced on Saturday his forces, who have been battling Muslim militants occupying parts of Marawi since May, would implement a "humanitarian pause"

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Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

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Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends

- SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Muslims in Asia celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday (June 25) with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. As at the start of Ramadan, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, Eid al-Fitr depends on the sighting of the moon and its celebration varies in different countries

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Syria Frees Hundreds of Detainees Ahead of Muslim Holiday

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Syria Frees Hundreds of Detainees Ahead of Muslim Holiday

- DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian government on Saturday released hundreds of detainees, including some who had backed the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, on the eve of a major Muslim holiday. Justice Minister Hisham al-Shaar said the 672 people who were released included 91 women. He said 588 were freed in the capital, Damascus. Mr. Shaar added that the release was a bid to “sustain national reconciliations efforts and the homeland’s unity

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Shaikh Mohammad performs Eid Al Fitr prayer at Zabeel Mosque

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Shaikh Mohammad performs Eid Al Fitr prayer at Zabeel Mosque

- Dubai: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday offered Eid Al Fitr prayer at Zabeel Mosque in Dubai. Shaikh Mohammad joined thousands of Muslims in the UAE and around the world in celebrating the start of Eid Al Fitr. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, also offered Eid prayers at the mosque

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Syria's Assad leads Eid al-Fitr prayers in rare appearance outside Damascus

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Syria's Assad leads Eid al-Fitr prayers in rare appearance outside Damascus

- DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Eid al-Fitr prayers in the central city of Hama on Sunday (June 25), appearing in public outside the capital for the first time in a year. Assad’s office published images of him praying inside the brightly-lit Al-Nuri mosque at dawn on Sunday before greeting worshippers outside. He was flanked by Islamic Endowments Minister Mohammad Abdel-Sattar Sayyed and Syria’s top Muslim cleric Ahmad Badredine Hassoun

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Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

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Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

- Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramadan festival) on Monday (June 26) as the new moon has not been sighted, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced. Eid al-Fitr is a “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims from all over the world and involves a range of celebrations as friends, family and the entire Muslim community come together

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This Eid, an opportunity to give zakat with a strategic outlook

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This Eid, an opportunity to give zakat with a strategic outlook

- It is that time of the year again when Muslims in India, like the world over, sit down to calculate the “religious tax” or zakat that they have to compulsorily give as charity. Zakat, which is 2.5 per cent of a family or a person’s wealth and annual savings, is given mostly during Ramzan as Muslims believe blessings become manifold in this holy month of fasting

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2017 Ramadan Eid Mubarak, Eid Al-Fitr‬ Trends, But Grand Mosque Mecca Suicide Bomber Gets Attention

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2017 Ramadan Eid Mubarak, Eid Al-Fitr‬ Trends, But Grand Mosque Mecca Suicide Bomber Gets Attention

- When your country can “sight” the crescent moon, the official end of Ramadan can be declared, and that means Eid al-Fitr begins. While Eid Mubarak is trending on Twitter on Saturday, June 24, many headlines outside of predominantly-Muslim countries are focusing on the Grand Mosque Mecca suicide bomber news updates about motivations behind the attempted attack. Sunday, June 25, will be a big day for anyone celebrating Eid al-Fitr in 2017, and visiting holy places in Saudi Arabia is an important religious duty during Ramadan

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Raya time is family time: How 5 Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri

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Raya time is family time: How 5 Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri

- Helping those in need get new clothes When she was an undergraduate at Monash University, Ms Maisurah Mokhsin helped out in a Ramadan project two years ago, handing out daily staples to Rohingya refugees living in Melbourne. One of them was a single mother who had moved there after living in Malaysia for close to two decades. "She told us how she felt that Hari Raya in Melbourne was different and less vibrant

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Eid prayer inside mosques only: Minister - Kuwait Times

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Eid prayer inside mosques only: Minister - Kuwait Times

- Eid prayer inside mosques only: Minister KUWAIT: Eid prayer will be held inside mosques only in order to ensure the safety of worshipers in coordination with the Interior Ministry, Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, State Minister for Municipal Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said. He added that his ministry prepared for Ramadan months before its arrival by preparing mosques to host Qiyam prayer during the last 10 nights of the holy month

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Saudi, most Gulf Arabs start Eid al-Fitr on Sunday

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Saudi, most Gulf Arabs start Eid al-Fitr on Sunday

- DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and most other Gulf Arab states will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast on Sunday to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, regional media said on Saturday. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will also start the holiday on Sunday, media reports said. The Sultanate of Oman said Monday will be the first day of the Eid

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Eid al-Fitr: Saudi Arabia declares Sunday first day

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Eid al-Fitr: Saudi Arabia declares Sunday first day

- Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday that Sunday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr 1438. Turkey and Muslim communities in North America, Europe and Australia had previously announced they would celebrate Eid al-Fitr from Sunday June 25 based on astronomical calculations. Oman, however, has not sighted the moon, and thus declared Monday June 26 as the first day of Eid al-Fitr

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Eid Al Fitr: Moon sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, according to reports

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Eid Al Fitr: Moon sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, according to reports

- Abu Dhabi: The moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, so Sunday will be the first day of Eid Al Fitr, according to reports. Sky News and Al Arabiya reported that the moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening. Several other countries, including Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, also reported sighting the moon. The UAE’s Shawwal crescent moon-sighting committee met after Maghrib prayers on Saturday at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi

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Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined?

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Eid: How is the start of the Muslim festival determined?

- The end of Ramadan is marked by the key religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr, in which Muslim families worldwide gather for the "feast of breaking the fast". But for such a major global event, working out when it will happen is surprisingly complicated - as Ahmen Khawaja and Amir Rawash explain. The power of the moon As the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan approaches, many of the world's 1

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  • This Eid, an opportunity to give zakat with a strategic outlook
    This Eid, an opportunity to give zakat with a strategic outlook

    , indianexpress.com

    It is that time of the year again when Muslims in India, like the world over, sit down to calculate the “religious tax” or zakat that they have to compulsorily give as charity. Zakat, which is 2.5 per cent of a family or a person’s wealth and annual savings, is given mostly during Ramzan as Muslims believe blessings become manifold in this holy month of fasting

     

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  • Kerala High Court affirms priests’ right to property despite poverty oath
    Kerala High Court affirms priests’ right to property despite poverty oath

    , indianexpress.com

    A high court in southern India has ruled that Christian priests and nuns are entitled to their right to property despite their vows of poverty, signalling an end to a centuries-old tradition that has left many in the clergy destitute. In its order last week in favour of a priest whose relatives cut him out of his share of ancestral property, the Kerela High Court said a priest can give up his property if he wishes to, but there can be no “automatic deprivation” because he is in a religious order and has “renounced worldly pleasures”

     

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  • Battle for Philippine town abates as troops mark Islamic holiday
    Battle for Philippine town abates as troops mark Islamic holiday

    , indianexpress.com

    Fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels holed up in the heart of a southern Philippine town eased on Sunday as the military sought to enforce a temporary truce to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday. Small skirmishes took place early in the day in parts of Marawi City, where fighters loyal to Islamic State were clinging on for a fifth week, as rebel snipers fired on positions held by troops who declared a unilateral, eight-hour halt on offensives until early in the afternoon

     

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