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    MUSLIM FAST OF RAMADAN TO BEGIN OCTOBER 15 (WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/2004) - On October 15, 2004,* the Muslim community in America and around the world will
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      MUSLIM FAST OF RAMADAN TO BEGIN OCTOBER 15

      (WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/6/2004) - On October 15, 2004,*
      the Muslim community in America and around the world
      will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan
      (rom-a-don). 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.

      (*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months
      depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the
      start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult
      local Islamic centers.)

      The fast is performed to learn discipline,
      self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's
      commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration
      of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to
      Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam. Because
      Ramadan is a lunar month, it begins about eleven
      days earlier each year. The end of Ramadan will be
      marked by communal prayers called "Eid ul-Fitr," or
      Feast of the Fast-Breaking, on November 13, 2004.*

      (*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months
      depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the
      start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult
      local Islamic centers.)

      The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: "O
      believers! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was
      prescribed for those before you so that you may learn
      self-restraint....Ramadan is the month in which the
      Quran was revealed as a guide to mankindÂ…Therefore,
      anyone of you who is present (at his home) during that
      month should spend it in fasting." (2:183-185)

      Islam's Prophet Muhammad said: "Whoever fasts in the
      month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for
      a reward from God, all his previous sins will be
      forgiven." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 125)

      As part of the events marking the month of Ramadan,
      CAIR is initiating a series of "Sharing Ramadan"
      fast-breaking open houses (iftars) at mosques and
      Islamic centers nationwide.

      CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group,
      is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 29
      offices nationwide and in Canada.

      CONTACT:

      Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726,
      E-Mail: ihooper@... ;
      Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441,
      E-Mail: rahmed@...

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