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I am honored to be invited to celebrate Eid al Fitr at the State Department again this year. And I am relieved that this time, it’s actually taking place after Ramadan, which means I can actually attend for the first […]

As is tradition, the Empire State Building – the most beautiful skyscraper in the world – was illuminated in green to mark Eid al Fitr. Of course, in 2015, this is announced via the official twitter account 🙂 The Empire […]

By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436! I’ve explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail – and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely summarizes: […]

Arguably there is more drama surrounding when Eid starts than when Ramadan starts, because after a month of fasting the issue is a little more urgent 🙂 This year was no different, but there was added drama in the Gulf […]

What is notable about this year’s remarks are the specifics in terms of dollar amounts. This isn’t likely to change anyone’s mind, but I think that it does show a responsiveness to the criticism. Michelle and I send our warmest […]

The season of Eid is upon us, and I’d like to share this quote from Nelson Mandela that came my way early this morning: “There is nothing like returning to a place unchanged to find the ways you yourself have […]

Pope Francis has sent a message of goodwill to Muslims worldwide. The text is available in multiple languages including French and Arabic on the Vatican website. Unfortunately, some Muslims tend to view this sort of gesture in a cynical way. […]

While the decision of when to observe Eid can be messy at times, that messiness is at least the process of honest decisions and judgement by Muslims free to make their own religious choices. However, not all Muslims have that […]

My position on moonsighting vs calculation has always been simple: to you be your way, to me mine. Muslims should not squabble over the differences that arise every year about the start of Ramadan and the date of Eid, but […]

A classic video from Mr. Moo – even if we can’t agree on Eid, we can certainly agree that this is funny 🙂 Eid mubarak!