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    Muslims Mark End of Ramadan

    Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, July 28, 2014.
    Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, at the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, July 28, 2014.
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    Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday that marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, but violence broke out in the Philippines and observances were somber in the Gaza war zone.

    About 50 Islamic militant Abu Sayyf gunmen opened fire on vehicles traveling to a village feast in the southern Philippines, killing 21 people and wounding 11 more.

    • A Yemeni girl poses for a photograph as she attends the Eid al-Fitr prayer with her father, in Sanaa, Yemen, July 28, 2014.
    • A Palestinian boy, Muhammed Hasouna, 14, has his hair cut at a barber shop in preparation for Eid, in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, July 27, 2014.
    • Iraqis shop for Eid al-Fitr at the Shorjah market in central Baghdad, July 27, 2014.
    • Indonesian Muslims leave their village by long boat to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers, in North Jakarta, Indonesia, July 28, 2014.
    • Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Sultan Mehmet Fatih grand mosque during the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Pristina, Kosovo, July 28, 2014.
    • An Egyptian family celebrates the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in Cairo, Egypt, July 28, 2014.
    • Muslim worshippers pray during the first day of Eid al-Fitr at the Al Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem's Old City, July 28, 2014.
    • A young boy stands during the Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, at the Exhibition Center of the Parc Chanot, in Marseille, southern France, July 28, 2014.
    • Kenyan Muslims embrace each other outside Masjid Noor mosque after the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Nairobi, Kenya, July 28, 2014.
    • Afghan men attend Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 28, 2014.
    • Kenyan children join others to offer prayers outside the Masjid Noor mosque during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in Nairobi, Kenya, July 28, 2014.

    ​In Gaza, several hundred people gathered for early-morning prayers at a mosque. But rather than heading to festivities afterwards, some went home while others paid respects to the more than 1,000 Palestinians killed during the three-week conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.

    Hundreds of worshippers at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur prayed for the victims of two Malaysia Airlines flights - one that was shot down over eastern Ukraine earlier this month and another that disappeared during a flight to Beijing in March.

    Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved during Ramadan - a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam.

    Some information in this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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    July 31, 2014 5:10 AM
    i am a muslim woman in America, and believe me, people of Lebanon (and i lived in Lebanon), the so-called ISIS group is very dangerous and don't think of joining them.
    please refer to two lectures on you tube: "Islamic Lesson in English- so-called ISIS people, think about the murderous AL-H,AJJAAJ!"
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    "Islamic Lecture-About not condemning people ignorantly."
    Don't think that joining them makes you a good muslim. GOD Blessed us.

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