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August 30th, 2011
09:47 AM ET

Muslim festival brings rare joy for some this year, but not all cheer

By Richard Allen Greene and Yasmeen Amer, CNN

For Christians, the wild celebrations of Mardi Gras come before the solemnity of Lent, a last chance to celebrate before the abstinence marking the 40 days to Good Friday and Easter.

Muslims do it the other way around. First comes the month of daytime fasting during Ramadan, then the eruption of joy called Eid al-Fitr, marked with gift-giving, new clothes, donations to the poor, feasting and festivities.

But as the sighting of a crescent moon officially marked the beginning of Eid on Tuesday, feelings are decidedly mixed for many Muslims.

There's joy tempered with concern on Tahrir Square in Egypt, which saw a successful revolution topple President Hosni Mubarak this year. And there's optimism in Libya, where 42 years of rule by Moammar Gadhafi seem to be coming to an end.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Egypt • Eid al-Fitr • Islam • Middle East • Pakistan • Syria • Uncategorized

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  1. John Does

    Eid is new year in Islamic tribe.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • Muneef

      John Does.

      Sorry to disappoint you there...but Eids are not for any new Islamic year....We Muslims have two Eids "The small Eid is AlFiter Eid which comes after Ramadan Fasting... The second Eid is the Big Eid which comes after pilgrimage season and called "Eid AlAdhah" or Eid of Sacrifices where meatiness animals are slaughtered and distributed to the poor and needy..!!

      As to our Hijra new year which was based on the first date from time Muslims had to immigrate Mecca towards Africa running away from the chase of the Pagans of Mecca... We do not celebrate at all as much as you do celebrating it being based on the birth of Jesus...! Hope I have explained what you needed to know...!

      September 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  2. John Richardson

    Nice hats!

    August 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    Primary note: According to Christ's command we are supposed to love even our enemies. Hence, we are supposed to love our Muslim neighbours.

    Love makes us free to assess things objectively.

    I would never say that any current ordinary Muslim is evil, but regretably it is true that Muhammad was evil, even wicked.

    It is interesting that the Koran has survived like the Bible. Obviously the Koran accords with historical reality like the Bible, otherwise the Koran had not bee kept be the Muslim people or Umma (Muslim community).

    It is sure that the historical Muhammad accords with the Muhammad of the Koran.

    The Koran was drafted by Muhammad. He tells every true believer (Muslim) that yet Abraham had been a Muslim leader (no matter what the Bible says). Even Moses and Jesus had been Islamic leaders. Regretably the pupils (ordinary believers) of Abraham, Moses and Jesus turned apostate from the true belief (Islam). This apostates are Jews and Christian. Jews and Christians have turned apostate from Abraham's genuine belief.

    You can call someone j e r k, d o r k, m o r o n, t i t, but you let him live. But it is much worse to call someone apostate, because by that you refuse any right to live for him or her.

    Back to history: Muhammad indeed conducted aggressive war and his successors (the Caliphs) continued. Muhammad and the Caliphs attacked guiltless Christian countries, which belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire Byzantium. They raided Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Asia Minor (today Turkey), etc.. Later the Muslims even attacked Spain, France, Italy, Austria, etc..

    Every human being knows that aggressive war is always wicked or evil. Aggressive war cannot be justified at all. Of course even the ancient Turks and Arabs knew that. But Muhammad comforted their consciences by telling them that the people, which they raided, were apostates or infidels. It is allowed to slay infidels.

    Dear Muslim fellow citizen, are you actually aware that your prophet was a tyrant or criminal? Sorry, that is the historical truth.

    When Muslims want to be accepted as true democrats they must start to discuss with us about the Koran and Muhammad. As long as the Muslims are not honest, regarding Muhammad and the Koran they are disqualified (from democratic world).

    Regarding the crusades: The crusades were chiefly caused by the wicked popes. From 607 a. D. onward the Roman Catholic Church corrupted more and more, because the tyrant Phocas had made the Roman See the highest one on earth, which is blaspheming. This development peaked in the crusades.

    The crusades have nothing to do with Christianity. It is an absolute nonsense to say, like Muslims conducted the Islamic conquests, Christians conducted the crusades. The popes of the time of the crusades were no Christians. Jesus had never conducted aggressive war. Jesus saved souls and cured people.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Bill Wagner

      You make me laugh

      September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  4. Muneef

    Our main eid feast dish in the southern Arabian Peninsular normally is called "Zorbian" which consists of Rice and lamb meat another of the northern parts but not as similar is called "Kabsa" it is the same but prepared and cooked differently...!?

    August 31, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  5. Budha

    Human bound them self with religion.
    Bounded means hidden slavery.

    Christianity bound human to the law of love and keep them as slave for salvation and love peacefully after life by believing Christ as Messiah.
    Islam bound human to the law of war and keep them as slave for promise of worldly lust in heaven after life.
    Hindus bound human to the law of love and keep them as slave for re-incarnation into good animal/peoples.
    Jews bound human to the law of love and keep them as slave for salvation and love peacefully after life by waiting Messiah.
    Tao (Dao) bound human to the law of nature and keep them as slave for this life. No salvation after life.
    Budha /Zen release human from worldly lust and desire but in others it makes human dead like unmovable tree. No salvation after life. (Like Matrix movie concept).

    August 31, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  6. CrystalRiver

    Christmas celebrates the first coming of the Divine Savior into the world and Easter celebrates His overcoming death and so-li-di-fying the salvation, but pagan festivals are altogether meaningless. It has nothing to do with mankind. One can live as if all religions do not exist except Christianity. Christianity alone clarifies the reason of every human's existence, God's love and humanity's permanent moral responsibility. Unlike all other religions, none can escape from Christianity. And Christianity alone saves and liberates human souls; no other religion, no other ideology does.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • John Richardson

      Christmas and Easter are well known pagan holidays. But we already know you're an ignoramus. So blather on, oh witless one.

      August 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • CrystalRiver

      John, no, Christianity made barbaric pagan Europe civil and humane and educated. You guys were total brainless sa-va-ges if it wasn't for Christianity.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  7. Muslim is Peace Maker

    Quran was not created by allah, it was by prophetttt mohammed:

    http://www.faithfreedom.org/articles/op-ed/prophet-mohammad-was-an-apostate-of-islam/

    August 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
    • Reality

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      August 30, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • tolerance

      True, these radical terrorist groups and radical theocracies are pretty bad, but this is the more radical side of Islam. Most of them are normal people (I have family in Istanbul, I know this) I don't mean that we have to agree with them, but we have to be tolerant (wonder why I chose the name tolerance).

      September 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  8. Muslim is Peace Maker

    To know proof about Islam is peace, go to http://faithfreedom.org

    August 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm |
  9. Keith

    The author's first paragraph is assinine.

    August 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  10. John

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=360]

    August 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  11. GSA

    @Peace2All – Hey bud, hope all is well with you. Both of my friends and their fmailies are great cooks as I have had dinner with them on many occasions. I'm just wondering about the traditional foods served. It's hard to compete with the Christmas dinner and I love Turkey with all the fixings and sides that go along with it (this past Christmas was the first time I had a traditional Christmas dinner, we enjoy turkey at my house every year on the 25th but it's usually a mixture of Indian foods as well). I'm not too familiar with the Eid al-Fatir dinner but from the sounds of it i'm in for a good feast.
    @marcia – as far as I know the only beheading tonight will be the poor little Lamb...yummy!

    August 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @GSA

      Soooo.... How did it go...?

      Peace...

      September 1, 2011 at 3:38 am |
  12. marcia

    Oh goody...look at the Muslims having fun! I wonder who will be beheaded to add to the festivities???

    August 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  13. Reality

    Putting the damper on Muslim celebrations:

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no male or female Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    August 30, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  14. GSA

    Great time of year, although I am not Muslim i'll be celebrating with my friend and his family tonight. I celebrated Christmas for the first time at a Christian friends house this past December, now I can finally judge for myself who makes the best dinner, mmmmm can't wait.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Peace2All

      @GSA

      Hey buddy...

      Well, when you say "who makes the best dinner" do you mean whether the traditional Christmas dinner vs. the Eid al-Fatir dinner is inherently better...? or... who is the better 'meal maker' regardless of which religious ritual dinner it is...?

      Because, you know, one of your friends, regardless of religious affiliation could be a 'terrible' cook, no matter 'what' they are making ! LOL...!!! 😀

      Let me know your thoughts on this, and... I'm curious also to hear your reports back on the meal tonight.

      Regards,

      Peace...

      August 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
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