By Daleel Jabir Muhammad
Muslims around the world celebrated and observed the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, rejuvenation, service and a renewed commitment to faith. Eid-ul’Fitr (Id-Al’Fitr) or “Festival of Renewal” or “Holiday/Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebrations took place in various Muslim communities. Communities participated in communal prayers, food, games and exchanged gifts.
Nearly two billion Muslims around the world observed Ramadan, the ninth month, of the lunar calendar. During the month Muslims celebrate the revelation of The Holy Qur’an, the Islamic scriptural text, through daily readings, heightened prayer, daily breaking of the fast called “iftar,” acts of kindness such as feeding of the poor or less fortunate, and charity. The month culminates with its last 10 days through observation of the Night of Power or Majesty (Laila-tul-Qadr).