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Batavick: Christians, Muslims have many common beliefs

Yesterday's sunset marked the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and a period of fasting for all observant Muslims. The holiday began at sunset on Wednesday, June 17. During the past month, practicing Muslims were expected to abstain from food, drink, sex and tobacco from dawn to sunset, pray frequently, avoid sinful behavior and read from their holy book, the Quran. Eid al-Fitr, a holiday of feasting and gift-giving, begins today. Ramadan commemorates the first time God began to reveal the Quran to Muhammad. Muslims believe that God did so gradually over a period of 23 years beginning in 609 A.D. The holiday's observance is just one of the Five Pillars...

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