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By BRENDAN KIRBY | January 6, 2000
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Delegates from Syria and Israel who are trying to hammer out a peace deal in Shepherdstown will take a break this weekend to honor traditions of three different religions. The Jewish Sabbath begins at sundown tonight, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends this weekend and members of the Eastern Orthodox religion celebrate Christmas today. Although Syria has a Muslim majority, about 10 percent of the population is Christian, mostly Catholic and Eastern Orthodox.
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by HIRA ZEB | November 8, 2005
More than 6 million Muslims make their home in the U.S., representing one of the fastest growing religions in the nation. Muslims across the country celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr last week. Eid-ul-Fitr is a three-day festival marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting, praying and listening to the Quran, one of the Muslim holy books. The sighting of the new moon heralds the arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr. On Wednesday night, Nov. 2, my friends and I anxiously awaited a report.
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by ELINA MIR | October 17, 2006
Eid al-Fitr is the celebration at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of seeking forgiveness for sins. On Eid, we hope God has accepted our fasting. In my family, on the day before Eid we have Chand Raat - the Night of the Moon - an Indian and Pakistani tradition. Women have parties where there are dances and food. We usually put henna on our hands and dance until our feet hurt. We skip school for one day. I start out Eid by dressing in very nice clothes and eating a little something sweet.
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By SULTAN CHAUDHRY | November 27, 2008
While not usually considered religious, Thanksgiving is in fact a holiday with roots that can be traced back to a Christian mass from centuries past. The common historical narrative is that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation in 1621. However, many historians argue that it perhaps occurred more than 50 years earlier in what is now present-day St. Augustine, Fla. Other reports show evidence that it was held in El Paso, Texas or even Jamestown, Va., prior to the Plymouth feast.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 26, 2011
A ranking member of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland said there have been two burglaries at the mosque this month. Ali Shafi, a member of the mosque's board of trustees, said the first burglary was Sept. 12 and the second was early Monday. He said he hopes that a recent string of burglaries at the center won't lead to something more sinister. “I'm afraid it could turn violent,” Shafi said in an interview  Monday at the mosque at 2036 Day Road. He said he did not want to blow the incident out of proportion, but he did not rule out the possibility it was a hate crime.
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By ELIZA SCHMIDT / Pulse Correspondent | August 26, 2008
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live somewhere else, you will today. I interviewed my pen pal, Shiv Subramanyam, 14, who lives on the other side of the world. I met Shiv though my mom and his mom. They met through Mothering Magazine, after my mom responded to an ad placed by Shiv's mom for a pen pal. When our moms met, Shiv was 18 months old, I was still residing in my mom's womb. Shiv was born in Mysore, India, and currently lives in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
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by HIRA ZEB | January 10, 2006
Today is Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, the most eminent holiday on the Muslim calendar. It is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Dul-Hijja, 70 days after the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham's commitment to obey God. The Quran tells how one of Abraham's chief trials was to face God's command to sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering. Abraham prepared to submit to his Lord's will. However, just before Abraham killed his son, God revealed that Abraham's sacrifice had already been fulfilled because Abraham showed that his love for God superceded all others and that he would give up his most loved one for the sake of God. Therefore, God spared Ishmael, and instead allowed Abraham to sacrifice a ram. Directly preceeding Eid al-Adha, millions of Muslims from all around the world gather in the sacred city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the annual pilgrimage called Hajj.
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December 27, 2001
Thumbs up, thumbs down 11/10 To President Bush, for his decision not to halt the Afghan war for the Muslim observance of the holy month of Ramadan. This is a war against some nasty people, not some high-society tea party. To the Washington County Commissioners, for agreeing to sell the City of Hagerstown a sewer line it needs to complete an annexation agreement of some additional property. Now it's time for all to sit down and talk about what happens next.
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By JOSHUA BOWMAN | September 11, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- In the early 1980s, as he prepared to move to New York from the south, Mohammad Haq's neighbors warned him to buy a weapon. "Everyone said, 'It's dangerous,' you better have a gun,' and I believed them," Haq said. After moving, Haq quickly realized he would be fine in New York. He said his neighbors' fears were rooted in images from TV. "We develop images about other people based on a very narrow window of understanding," Haq said Wednesday at the beginning of a yearly open house conducted by the Islamic Society of Western Maryland.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | December 27, 2000
It's okay to tell lies to achieve unity MAUGANSVILLE - Unity, happiness and even an occasional white lie can be a good thing, a speaker told more than 250 Muslims during Wednesday morning's Eid celebration at the Maugansville Community Center. continued Unity was a strong message from A.K. Hussain in his speech to celebrate the end of Ramadan, a message the speaker delivered with seriousness and humor. In any religion - Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or any of the "isms" - lying is a sin, Hussain said.
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