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Eid El Fitr on Tuesday in Morocco

Fez - According to the calculations made by the Moroccan Ministry of Religious Affairs, Morocco will celebrate the holiday of Eid El Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, on Tuesday July 29, 2014. Most Muslims countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Egypt, announced earlier on Sunday that they would celebrate Eid El Fitr on Monday. Unlike in previous years, Morocco starte ...

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Eid El Fitr in North America is Monday: FCNA

New York - According to the Fiqh Council of North America, Sunday is the last day or Ramadan and Eid El Fitr will be Monday July 28. Unlike Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, which count on naked eye sighting of the moon, the FCNA bases its decision on astronomical calculations. The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the begi ...

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Tramdeen: The Anger of Ramadan

By Chafik Mohamed Oujda - One of the great paradoxes that marks the Moroccan community is the phenomenon of Tramdeen. Tramdeen, derived from the word “Ramadan” (Islam’s holy month of fasting and praying) describes the anger and aggression that paradoxically accompanies the holy month. Countless videos, and forum posts attest to the phenomenon. Ramadan, a month that is supposed to promote fasting, peace and ...

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AMPA and MENACA Co-Host Ramadan Iftar in Washington

Washington D.C - The Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) and the Middle East and North African Consultants Association (MENACA) joined forces in co-hosting a well attended iftar dinner at Mazagan Restaurant on the outskirts of Washington D.C. on Tuesday. The event was MENACA’s first iftar event, and one of eight concurrent iftar events held by AMPA around the U.S. and in Morocco on the s ...

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Moroccan Mouad Daouik wins beautiful Quran recitation award in Dubai

Tinejdad, Morocco- Morocco's Mouad Daouik won Wednesday night the “Most Beautiful Recitation” contest in the 18th session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), which concluded on Friday. According to Khaleejtimes, Daouik, 21,  beat 15 other competitors from African countries, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bangladesh, Brunei, Afghanistan, Qatar and the United Kingdom. Adjudged on the basis of melodious ...

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Karen Armstrong’s Biography of Prophet Muhammad Dispels Prejudice

Fez - Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion. Her works, which are mainly concerned with Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (PPBUH), have stirred tremendous debate and controversy. The West vs. East controversy is a long lasting issue that obsessed the minds and feelings of scholars and lay people alike. Some were seriously involved in the issue, in searc ...

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Morocco: Foreigners Struggle to Adapt to Ramadan Atmosphere

By Malak Mihraje Rabat - As the streets fill with people after Iftar, cafes swarm with hungry families. At a side-café in Agdal, Moroccans and foreigners alike gather around the small wooden tables, spooning Harira into their mouths with speed. Adriana, a Norwegian woman in her forties sits, murmuring pleasantries and sipping coffee with her Moroccan husband Mohammed. When asked about Morocco during Ramdan, ...

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Morocco Police Arrest Alleged Assailant of a Rabbi

Rabat - A suspect was arrested on Monday morning following an assault against Rabbi Moshe Ohayon last Friday in Casablanca. According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Casablanca’s authorities stated that the “suspect’s behavior indicates that he suffers from mental disorder.” According to the same source, the suspect was arrested while he was attacking another Jew by stoning him in Al-Khawarizmi Avenue, Casabla ...

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Morocco Rabbi Attacked over Israel’s Air War on Gaza

Tinjdad, Morocco - Moroccan Rabbi Moshe Ohayon was brutally attacked Friday, July 11 around 6:30pm by a young man in Casablanca, near the Windsor Hotel, over Israel’s deadly air offensive on Gaza, according to TelQuel. The Moroccan French Magazine said that while Moshe Ohayon walked toward the synagogue, as usual, to his prayers, an unidentified young man "well dressed," stopped him. The unidentified assail ...

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Morocco donates batches of holy Quran to Tijanes association in Dakar

Dakar -  A donation composed of batches of the holy Quran, issued by the Mohammed VI Foundation for holy Quran publishing, was handed, on Friday in the Senegalese capital, to the Tijanes association in Dakar. The donation, put at the disposal of the Moroccan embassy in Senegal by the ministry of endowment and Islamic affairs, is made on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. This action is part of a glo ...

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Ramadan fasting where the sun remains for weeks, what to do?

Tinejdad, Morocco- In conformity with Islamic teachings, Muslims are required to fast from dawn to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Yet, in some parts of the world, this rule is not always realistic. While Muslims around the world break their fast at sunset (having fasted 20 hours maximum in some places), the Muslim minority living in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, would have to wait weeks ...

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Muslim Students in Xinjiang Face Expulsion for Observing Ramadan

Tinejdad, Morocco- Following the ban on fasting during Ramadan imposed by the Chinese government on Muslims in the province of Xinjiang, Kashgar Normal College,  located in the far west province of Xinjiang, has issued a memo warning Muslim Uyghur students  to be expelled if they fast during Ramadan. According to Radio Free Asia, the Kashgar Normal College "warned ethnic minority Muslim Uyghur students who ...

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