Friday, July 17, 2015

Eid al-Fitr 2015: Muslim celebrities to mark the end of Ramadan

By Toyin Owoseje
Janet Jackson converted to Islam after marriage  (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)
Millions of Muslims from around the world are preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the official end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Depending on the sighting of the new moon, the occasion known as the 'festival of the breaking of the fast' in Arabic will take place on or around 17 July. After 30 days of not eating or drinking from sunrise to sundown, as well as refraining from sexual intercourse, smoking and profanity in a bid to become closer to Allah, specific prayers are performed at mosques before families and friends host gatherings and feasts. Ahead of the big day, IBTImes UK looks at some notable celebrities joining the festivities. [link]

Zayn Malik quit one Direction in March (Getty)
Jemima Khan and her former husband Imran Khan (Getty)
Janet Jackson and Wissam Al Mana. (Reuters)
American actress Ellen Burstyn (Reuters)
Akon (Reuters)
George and Amal Clooney at the Golden Globe Awards 2015 (Reuters)