Burma Times: 17 July 2015
Muslims around the world are celebrating the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon. Most Arab countries and Indonesia have declared Friday the first day of Eid, but in Oman and Morocco, the holiday will start on Saturday.
Eid celebrations begin with a special prayer in mosques and open-air areas.
when the Muslims around the world are celebrating the holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, the day could also serve as a reminder to support the fellow Muslims facing oppression, especially the Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing persecution and state terrorism in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. This was stated by some Rohingya activists in a special message issued on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitar, while wishing that this Eid would bring joys, happiness and peace in every Muslim home.
Although majority of the Rohingyas live in their native land, Myanmar, but they have been denied citizenship by a 1982 citizenship law and due to this cruel act, they are unable to travel, own land and property, and fulfill religious responsibilities, he regretted, adding that like previous years, not a single Masjid was allowed by the authorities, this Ramadan, to be functional in the Rohingya Muslim areas of Myanmar.
Rohingya Muslims are forced to spend the Holy Month of Ramadan without Azan, Salat, Talawat, Taraweeh, and Juma Prayers, even they are not allowed to offer funeral prayers. appealing for not forgetting the poor, needy, oppressed and suffering Rohingya Muslim brother and sisters, who are at the mercy of human traffickers.