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CAIR: San Antonio Muslims to Mark End of Ramadan with Prayers

CAIR logo(San Antonio, TX, 7/05/16) – On Wednesday, July 6 the Muslim community in America will celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers around the country.

[NOTE: Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset.]

The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER), or “feast of fast breaking” holiday, in which Muslims exchange social visits and seek to strengthen family and community bonds. During this holiday, Muslims greet each other by saying “Eid Mubarak” (EED-moo-BAR-ak), meaning “blessed Eid,” and “taqabbalallah ta'atakum,” or “may God accept your deeds.” Many communities also hold multicultural bazaars and other family activities following the prayers.

Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 6 2016. Community Prayers are held in the morning hours.

WHERE: The following Mosques and Community Centers will hold Eid prayers in the respective locations: Islamic Center of San Antonio (ICSA)

9:30 AM @ Islamic Center, Takberaat will start @ 9:00 AM followed by Prayers.

Muslim Children and Civic Center (MCECC), 5281 Casa Bella, San Antonio, TX 78249.

Two Prayers will be offered- 7:30 AM & 9:30 AM, Sharp!

There are other prayers held as well at different locations. Each mosque has the details on their website.

CONTACT: CAIR-TX, SA, Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, E-Mail: shusain@cair.com

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Each year, Muslims come to the prayers in colorful attire representative of different areas of the Islamic world. The prayers themselves are quite visual, with worshipers arranged in neat rows and bowing in prayer in unison. Participants exchange embraces at the conclusion of the prayers.

NOTE: Because this is a religious service, reporters and photographers of both sexes should dress modestly. Some communities may ask female reporters and photographers to put a scarf over their hair while in the actual prayer area. Photographers should arrive early to get into position for the best shots. Photographers are also advised not to step directly in front of worshipers and to seek permission for close-up shots. Shots of shoes removed for prayer, and rear-angle shots of prostrating worshipers are considered inappropriate.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-TX, SA, President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, E-Mail: shusain@cair.com

CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair.com

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