Did You Know? Countdown to Ramadan 2009 (08/21)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Ramadan &
the Islamic Faith

August 21 : 01 day to Ramadan*

Did you know that the end of the month of Ramadan is marked with a joyous festival called Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr literally means the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” during which many Muslims partake in elaborate feasts. They also wear their finest clothes, while simultaneously increasing their almsgiving.

Observed by more than one billion Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers. It is also believed to be the month when the Holy Quran was sent down from Heaven as a “guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation.” We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Ramadan.* Please join us!

*Please Note: the first day of fasting in North America is expected to be 08/22. Depending where you live parts of the world might have already begun observing Ramadan.

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