Religion

Eid Al-Fitr

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This Week in Palestine

November 2005

By Mike Odetalla

With the approach of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan and its fasting, I am reminded of the holidays and celebrations of my childhood in Palestine; of how eagerly we awaited the Eid, its festivities and rituals. The nights of Ramadan leading up to the Eid were spent at the mosque in prayer and reading (...)

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The Qur’an Manuscripts in the Al-Haram Al-Sharif Islamic Museum, Jerusalem

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This Week in Palestine

October 2005

By Khader Salameh

Garnet Publishing, UK, and UNESCO Publishing, France, 2001, 206 pages.

This large format, hardcover book includes illustrations of the unique collection of the Qur'an manuscripts of Al-Haram Al-Sharif which were donated or endowed to the Holy Mosque by devout individuals and famous rulers from different parts of(...)

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Ramadan: The Holy Month of Mercy and Forgiveness

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This Week in Palestine

October 2005

By Dr. Aziz Khalil

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. During this month Muslims are commanded to fast, meaning abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures. The Almighty says (2:183): "O You who believe, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you so that you may attain self-restraint(...)

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The Islamic Museum

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This Week in Palestine

October 2005

The Islamic museum was founded in 1922 by the Higher Islamic Council in Palestine. When Jordanian rule prevailed over the West Bank in the late 1940s, responsibility for the museum passed to the Jordanian government, which still administers it to this day. In 1929 the museum moved to its present location on the southwestern side of the Al-Aqsa(...)

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Mar Saba Monastery A place where culture and nature come together

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By Sami Backleh

This Week in Palestine May 2005

Mar Saba is a Byzantine Monastery that lies within the boundaries of the Jerusalem Wilderness Area (or what is called the Judean Desert), essentially a treeless, thin-soiled, arid and dramatically eroding limestone plateau dissected by wadis draining toward the Dead Sea. This region lies in the rain-shadow of the central highland(...)

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

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The Greek Orthodox Community in the Holy Land

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

The Arabic speaking Greek Orthodox denomination is considered the most ancient and most widespread among Christians in this land. The roots of this community date back to the time of the early propagation of Christianity in the East by the apostles. It was the first church to regulate mass(...)

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