Muslims in America Celebrate End of Ramadan

Muslims across America gathered in mosques to mark the Eid al Fitr holiday that closes their holy month of Ramadan. Muslims from around America’s capital poured into the Islamic Center of Washington in one of the most elegant parts of the city, known as Embassy Row. Egyptian law student Youssef Muhammad Auf hurried toward the

Maryland Mosque Invites Jewish Neighbors for Iftar

As Muslims around the world observed Ramadan over the past month, one mosque in the suburbs of Washington found the holy month of fasting from sunrise to sundown could provide an opportunity for some interfaith understanding. The Islamic Center of Maryland hosted members of the local Jewish community for evening prayers and an Iftar dinner,

Muslims in London Think of Trouble Spots at Eid Prayers

Muslims from around the world marked the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan Tuesday, with many in Londay saying the holiday has special meaning this year because of the Arab Spring revolutions and the East Africa famine. At London’s Central Mosque, people rushed to prayers all morning long, joining fellow Muslims from dozens of

Muslims Around Globe Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a three-day holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Observers of Islam in Egypt, Syria and several other Arab countries started marking the holiday Tuesday by crowding into mosques for prayers. Muslims in several non-Arab countries, including Russia and Turkey, also began Eid

Survey of US Muslim Attitudes Finds Little Support for Extremism

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, many Americans have worried about the potential for home grown militancy among Muslims living in the United States. A new survey of American Muslims suggests that a decade after the attacks, there is very little support for extremism.  The survey by The Pew Forum on

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