Wednesday, May 25

Muslims prepare for joyous Eid festival



The holy month of Ramadan will end on July 6, when over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world will celebrate the end of the fasting month with the festival of Eid.

Ramadan was marked by violence this year, with a series of terrorist attacks at several areas dominated by Muslims. On July 5, a suicide attack outside the Saudi city of Medina—the resting place of the Prophet Mohammed and the second-most holy site in Islam—killed at least four security officers and injured five others.

This was just two days after 125 Ramadan shoppers were killed and around 150 injured when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in Baghdad, Iraq.

And on July 1, at least 20 people were killed by gunmen in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka after a 10-hour-long hostage situation at an upmarket cafe in the city. According to reports, the gunmen asked hostages to recite verses from the Quran and those who failed to do so were killed.

But the incidents have not interrupted traditions. Preparations for Eid are in full swing across Muslim communities around the globe.