14 November 2004 -- Muslims the world over are celebrating Eid al-Fitr festivities this weekend, marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
State-run media in Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, and Yemen said their countries start the feast today, making it the final day of Ramadan fasting. Other countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates, started the three-day feast yesterday.
Hussein al-Sadr, a member of Iraq's National Assembly, today marked the occasion by speaking against terrorism in the name of Islam.
"The big offense to Islam is when you separate Islam from its genuine meaning," al-Sadr said. "This means when you practice terrorism in the name of Islam and when you kill in the name of Islam and when you slaughter innocent people in the name of Islam."
State and religious leaders in Pakistan, the divided Indian-held northern state of Kashmir and Indonesia also marked the festival with a call for an end to extremism.