Putin, Medvedev congratulate Russian Muslims with Eid al-Fitr
Jul05

Putin, Medvedev congratulate Russian Muslims with Eid al-Fitr

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian Muslims with Eid al-Fitr – a religious holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday (July 5). “Russian Muslims, by relying on centuries-old religious, historical and cultural traditions, widely celebrate this holiday – both in their communities and with friends and family. During these days, people usually...

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Ramadan road rage: Surviving the streets at sundown
Jun23

Ramadan road rage: Surviving the streets at sundown

Although believers who keep obligatory fast in Ramadan are expected to control their emotions and behave nicely and respectfully to everyone around, it is not rare to see people fighting each other and blasting off with anger in public places, especially around sundown. Reckless driving and road rage are common and as a result there is a steep rise in the number of accidents recorded during the holy month. “It is a wild world and...

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Ramadan-time Euro 2016 fever sweeps Arab world
Jun18

Ramadan-time Euro 2016 fever sweeps Arab world

From Dubai to Tunis, Euro 2016 football fever is sweeping the Arab world, filling cafes and restaurants and overshadowing the nightly television soap operas that normally dominate Ramadan viewing. Every year, during the Muslim fasting month, television audiences soar as families gather in front of their sets after breaking the daytime fast. Usually the ratings are dominated by the dozens of rival soaps that are aired by state and...

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Ramadan raid on frail Indonesian food seller sparks anger
Jun13

Ramadan raid on frail Indonesian food seller sparks anger

Indonesian netizens have reacted with fury and a flurry of donations after footage emerged of a frail food seller breaking down as her cafe was raided for staying open during the daytime in Ramadan. Video of the 53-year-old business owner desperately begging officials not to confiscate her food went viral at the weekend, and social media users have donated almost US$20,000 to a crowdfunding site to help her and other vendors. It is...

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Israel suspends Ramadan entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians
Jun09

Israel suspends Ramadan entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians

Israel said Thursday (Jun 9) it had suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan following a shooting in Tel Aviv that killed four people. “All permits for Ramadan, especially permits for family visits from Judea and Samaria to Israel, are frozen,” said a statement from COGAT, the unit which manages civilian affairs in the occupied West Bank. It said that 83,000 Palestinians would...

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