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    Posted August 19, 2012 by
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    Muslims Celebrate Eid, Following a Month of Ramadan

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     shameel shot these photos of Muslims praying Sunday morning in a community playground next to the Madina Masiid in New York's East Village. Muslims pray facing the city of Mecca.

    I asked him about photo #3, and he explained:

    'Muslims pray facing the city of Mecca. As such, they were facing the eastern wall of the community park, which is covered in murals and artwork. There is a series of black and white photographs on this wall, which the mosque respectfully covered up with brown paper. The reason for this is Muslims do not pray to any images of humans or animals -- it is considered idolatrous. As such, after the prayers were over, the brown paper was removed from the walls, to uncover the artwork.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Hundreds of Muslims attended the morning prayer at Madina Masjid in the East Village, Manhattan, to begin celebrating Eid Sunday. Eid is a religious celebration following the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting from sun up to sun down.

     

    Prayers began at 8:30 this morning.

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