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Jul 28, 2014

Muted celebrations for the end (or is it?) of Ramadan

While the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is usually marked by parties, this year Australian Muslims will also observe it with prayers for Muslims in Iraq, Syria and Gaza.

Today is Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Probably. Depending who you listen to.

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  1. mikeb

    What – you get to feast every night whilst on a fast? Where do i sign up? Having the observance during winter months is obviously an advantage as well. If Woollies can have hot cross buns for sale on boxing day then what’s the harm in having Ramadan sales?

  2. Chris Hartwell

    The Party for Freedom, is a party which espouses anything but. I’ve had the poor fortune to browse their facebook page while it was still publicly accessible, and it is no exaggeration whatsoever to call them a National-Socialist-Lite party. There were numerous posters praising Hitler and lamenting how his efforts were merely misunderstood. I wish I was just Godwin’ing. The Australian First Party is closely aligned with the Party for Freedom, and preaches much the same content.

  3. Rais

    I like most of what Shakira writes but puzzle over the reference (oft repeated in the media) to feasting after the fast. I and most of the Muslims I know enjoy breaking the fast but cannot eat as much for the fast breaking as a normal dinner outside Ramadan. What I can say though is that despite the reduced quantity the taste of the food is enhanced by the fast. In answer to Mikeb, Ramadan rotates through all the seasons as it occurs 10 to 11 days earlier in each solar year. At the moment Aussie Muslims have it easy. You can’t imagine how delicious a glass of cold water is after fasting in summer. And yes, you’re welcome to sign up. I did, in 1968.

  4. extra

    Shakira- Eid Mubarak!

  5. AR

    Ironic that so gynophobic a religion is dependent on the remnants of the cult of Ishtar/Astarte.

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