posted on Oct, 4 2005 @ 05:05 AM
The holiest month of Islam, Ramadan, begins today for nearly a billion Muslims across the world. The remaining muslims will start their fast on
Wednesday or Thursday.
All Arab countries start dawn-to-dusk fast except Oman, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraqi Shiites.
In Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, official television announced Monday that "the crescent moon has been sighted
this evening ... so tomorrow (Tuesday) will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan".
Egypt's grand mufti, Ali Gomaa, also confirmed the Tuesday start of Ramadan during a traditional ceremony aired on state television.
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US just launched a new offensive codenamed Operation River Gate also. Looks like the military is trying to get a jump on the insurgents, since the
last two Ramadans were cultimated an increase in bombings and attacks.
FLASHBACK-October 16, 2004:Violence mars start of Ramadan in Iraq
Blasts rocked five Christian churches in four Baghdad neighborhoods early Saturday -- as a string of violent incidents marred the start of the Muslim
holy month of Ramadan
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[edit on 4-10-2005 by Regenmacher]