Tuesday 22 May 2018 \

 

Egypt opens Gaza border for Ramadan

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Gaza Strip for the entire month of Ramadan, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Friday.
 
"In order to alleviate the burden of our brothers in the Gaza Strip, I have instructed the relevant authorities to open the Rafah border gate throughout Ramadan,” al-Sisi said on his Facebook page.
 
Blockaded by Israel -- by air, land and sea -- since 2007, the Gaza Strip has seven border crossings linking it to the outside world.
 

History behind firing of the Ramadan cannon

One of the most popular Ramadan traditions has been the firing of a cannon at the start of Maghreb prayers. 
 
It is a tradition that is still carried out in several Muslim countries including Egypt, the UAE, Bangladesh, Kuwait, and, most famously, in the mountainous region of Makkah.
 
The cannon has a very special place in the hearts of many in Makkah. It is a tradition that has always been handled by the Makkah police every Ramadan. Children particularly look forward to it as sunset approaches. 
 

Philippines poised to give Muslim minority self-rule

After years of delays and controversy, a bill granting self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority is set to be passed by Congress before the end of this month.
 
“We cannot but be positive,” said President Rodrigo Duterte’s adviser on the peace process, Jesus Dureza, of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
 
“My guess is that it will be passed by the time Congress goes on recess on June 1,” he said.
 
 

Ramadan brings new misery for Rohingya

“Last night I had only a small portion of vegetables and rice for my ‘sahri’ (meal before dawn),” said Abdul Latif, 45, a Rohingya refugee living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp with his wife, three children and mother. 
 
“I could not even provide a good meal for my 12-year-old son.” 
 
Latif’s misery is commonplace in the refugee camps, where about 1.3 million Rohingyas are sheltering from the Myanmar army.
 
 

Sounds of Ramadan that ring out through the ages

The Mesaharati, or public waker, is one of the oldest and most deeply rooted of Ramadan customs. The title is given to a person who voluntarily takes it on himself to wake up Muslims during the holy month to eat the suhoor meal before they start their fasting at the Fajr prayer call at dawn. 
 
Abdul-Muhsen Doom, the mesaharati in Al-Balad’s Ramadan Festival, said that the practice was mainly created because people used to go to bed after Taraweeh prayers every night. 
 
 

Ramadan sharing fridges going viral in Dubai

Back in 2016, when Australian expat Sumayyah Sayed put a fridge stocked with food and water on her front porch, she could never have imagined that two years down the line her baby step would take the shape of a giant community movement. Today, her initiative -dubbed as Ramadan Sharing Fridges - has over 27,000 members who have joined the campaign through Facebook.    
 
The movement serves the less fortunate community workers and labourers with free food and drink during the holy month of Ramadan. 
 
 

Crimea to offer halal tours for Muslims

Muslims in Russia soon will be able to travel to Crimea to appreciate specially arranged halal tours with their families. 
 
The organization of trips will be managed by "AVN-Tour" hajj tour operator of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea, which operates in Moscow, the Deputy Mufti of Crimean Muslims Aider Ismayilov, said in "Sputnik in Crimea" radio interview.
 
According to him, one of the main tasks of the Center is to attract tourists to the peninsula.
 

Kurban slaughter center to open in Ufa

The authorities of Ufa together with the Veterinary Department of Bashkiria will set up a Kurban-center in the city for the performance of the ritual sacrifice of animals, Deputy Prime Minister Ilshat Fazrakhmanov said.
 
 

Ramadan tent installed in front of Adygea mosque

Spiritual Board of Muslims of Adygea and the Krasnodar Territory has organised charity iftar (breakfast) for fasting Muslims in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. 
 
A tent is installed near the building of the cathedral mosque, where for the whole month of Ramadan believers can break their fast, the Mufti of the two regions, Askarbiy Kardanov said.
 
 

Putin met with Assad in Sochi

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has paid an official visit to the Russian city of Sochi.
 
During the official meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated him on the great success in the fight against terrorists, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
 
The two presidents have noted necessity of creating additional conditions for a full-format political process in Syria, Peskov said.
 
 
 

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