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U.S. Muslims to Mark End of Ramadan with Prayers


Muhammad’ film release to coincide with Eid ul-Fitr

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/9/04) – On November 13th or 14th (exact date depends
on sighting of the new crescent), the Muslim community in America will
celebrate the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan with communal prayers
around the country. (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 bonds of brotherhood in the community. 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.

This year, a new animated film, “Muhammad: The Last Prophet,” is scheduled
for nationwide theatrical release on Eid ul-Fitr. The feature-length film
chronicles the early life and teachings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. SEE:

Eid ul-Fitr is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second
holiday, Eid ul-Adha, comes at the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.

WHEN: November 13th or 14th, 2004 (Because Ramadan is a lunar month, the
actual date is governed by sighting of the new moon.) Prayers are held
early in the morning. Ask local prayer coordinators for exact dates, times
and locations.

WHERE: The Eid prayers are held either in local mosques or in public
facilities designed to accommodate large gatherings.

CONTACT: Call local Muslim organizations for details about Eid
celebrations. If there are no known contacts in a particular community, go

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.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


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