Ramadan

Interfaith Leaders Launch Daylong Unity Fast For Mideast Peace

07/15/2014
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While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace.

Breaking The Ramadan Fast In The Company Of Jews

Muslim-Jewish iftars are popping up across the nation, bringing together dozens and sometimes hundreds of people for a celebratory Ramadan meal and a chance to forge interfaith friendships.

07/11/2014
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This Ramadan, as Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in Israel and Gaza, those attending these meals say they are all the more significant, as a way of demonstrating that Jews and Muslims have much in common, and can enjoy each others’ food and company.

David Mattis, a Jew, embraces Sumaya Abubaker, a Muslim. RNS

Ramadan Adds An Off-Field Challenge For World Cup’s Muslim Athletes

07/01/2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (RNS) As the World Cup reaches the quarter finals this Saturday (June 28), a number of Muslim players whose teams have made it through the tough group matches will be facing a bigger challenge off the field than on it.The holy month of Ramadan coincides for the first time since 1986 with the soccer tournament. The 30-day period of fasting and prayer, which requires dawn to dusk abstinence from food, drink and sex, begins Saturday and is expected to end July 28.

Ending Ramadan, In Israel

08/13/2013
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With one religion’s holiday season about to start in Israel in a few weeks, another’s ended last week.

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Temple Mount Closed To Jews On Tisha B'Av; Stones Thrown At U.S. Teens Near Old City

07/29/2012

Reports that Jewish extremists would create "provocations" spurred Jerusalem police to close the Temple Mount to Jewish visitors on Tisha b'Av.

Muslim leaders threatened to riot in return, leading to the closure on Sunday, according to reports. The calls for the provocations appeared on several websites, Ynet reported.

Muslims are observing the holy month of Ramadan, and Muslim worshipers reportedly were allowed on the Temple Mount on Sunday.

Amb. Oren Attends White House Ramadan Dinner

08/12/2011

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren attended the annual White House dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The Wednesday dinner was an "iftar," when observant Muslims break their daylight fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Along with Oren envoys from some 35 nations with significant Muslim populations were present, as well as members of the American Muslim community.

In a note on Facebook, Oren noted that three years ago he was the first Israeli ambassador to attend the White House dinner and was "deeply honored."

Israel Frees Hamas Founder Early In Honor of Ramadan

Israel released from prison one of the founders of Hamas, who had been imprisoned for five years for terrorist activities.

Sheik Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas' most prominent figures in the West Bank, was released Thursday along with 200 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture in honor Ramadan, said the Israel Prison Service.

Syria Starts Ramadan With A Bang

Bashar Assad ushered in Ramadan this weekend by killing at least 136 unarmed civilian demonstrators, including nearly 100 in the city of Hama, the place where nearly 30 years earlier his father massacred tens of thousands of his fellow Syrians. Tanks and machine-gunners also targeted mosque minarets in the Sunni-majority city; Assad and his ruling circle are Alouite Shi'ites.

Clinton cites Newport letter in speech to Muslims

09/08/2010
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In an address to Muslims, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited George Washington's letter to the Jews in making the case for American tolerance.

Clinton spoke at her department's annual Ramadan break-the-fast celebration for diplomats and American Muslim leaders.

She praised rabbis and other clerics for speaking out against a Florida church's plan to burn the Koran.

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