Late Eid Postponement Creates Confusion in Indonesia

Shopkeepers and residents in Indonesia scrambled to rearrange their schedules in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation Tuesday after the government announced a last-minute change in the Eid al-Fitr festival. Indonesians had prepared for days to celebrate the festival, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, on Tuesday along with most of

Role of Islam in New Libya Uncertain

Libyan rebels are still hunting for Moammar Gadhafi, but many of their countrymen are taking time marking the end of the first holy month of Ramadan without their longtime secular leader.  Islam in Libya is undergoing a resurgence. The question now being asked is how much it will influence the next government.   The call

Prosperity in Turkey Creates Iftar Divide

In Turkey, the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan has put the spotlight on the increasing divide between rich and poor. The country’s growing affluent class, a product of a decade of unprecedented economic growth, has resulted in increasing numbers of people celebrating the iftar dinner at luxurious restaurants and hotels. But that has sparked a

Athletic, Muslim, Fashionable – a Tale of the Sports Hijab

Female Muslim athletes who observe a strict Islamic dress code sometimes face the question of whether they will be allowed to participate in major competitions — with their heads and most of their bodies covered.  Now, one Iranian-Canadian woman is marketing a product to change that.  It complies with the requirements of many major sports,

Pope Visits Spain Amid Protests Over Costly Trip

Pope Benedict XVI is in Spain for a Catholic youth festival that has sparked protests because of its high cost. Spain’s king and queen greeted the pope as he arrived at the airport in the capital, Madrid, Thursday. A throng of young people waving Vatican flags also was there to welcome him. More than one

World Youth Day Underway in Spain

The weeklong faith extravaganza of World Youth Day is under way in Madrid with more than one million young Catholics expected to pour into the city. Pope Benedict is now due to arrive on Thursday as bitter debates are raging over the festivities and the role of the church in Spanish politics. Millions anticipate Pope’s

Obama Honors Muslim-Americans

U.S. President Barack Obama said Muslim-Americans have made great contributions to the “strength and character” of the United States, as he welcomed guests to the White House for an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. In his speech Wednesday evening, the president said these contributions have been especially important in the 10 years