Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Odisha CM greets Muslim community on Eid-Ul-Fitr

A Palestinian girl takes a selfie during a Eid-ul-Fitr prayer gathering in Gaza city on June 25, 2017.

President Trump just ended a almost two-decades-long tradition of hosting an iftar dinner to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

President Pranab Mukherjee extended his greetings to the nation on the holy occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley prayed with members of the Muslim community and distributed zakat (charity) to the needy as he celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr at two masjids in San Fernando yesterday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in his message on Eid has said that he firmly believed that the festival that celebrates humanity and goodness will bolster peace, brotherhood and happiness in the Valley.

Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramadan, will be celebrated in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Monday as the moon of "Shawwal" was sighted on Sunday. He stressed that the country's diversity is its speciality as well as its strength.

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Ramadan is the fourth pillar of the Islamic faith and it involves 29 or 30 days of fasting by Muslims. Ethnic groups or countries represented included Rohingya, Pakistan, Somalia, India and Bangladesh.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr has such meaningful vision that addresses the common humanity by exceeding the religious limitations.

"Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness".

Muslims believe that they are commanded by God, as mentioned in Quran, to continue their fast until the last day of Ramadan and pay the Zakat al-Fitr -a ritual offering- before offering the Eid prayers.

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People gather on McDonald Ave., for a prayer celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in the Kensington neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of NY.

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