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Do Muslims Fight on Ramadan?

"Muslim leaders have asked the United States to halt its bombing of Afghanistan during Ramadan in deference to the religious observances."

- Jamie Tarabay, "Scholars, Militants, Believers Disagree on Fighting During Ramadan," Associated Press, November 16, 2001.

"Bush administration’s decision to continue its present attacks on Afghanistan during the holy month of Ramadan will have a significant impact on two fundamental components in the war on terrorism – propaganda and alliance building.

"The administration wishes to convey in the clearest of terms that this is a war against terrorism and not against Islam. President Bush promised to repeat this statement every day if he had to. If President Bush continues to bomb Afghanistan even when its citizens are turning towards God and trying to immerse in prayers and fasting, he will only confirm the global stereotype of the US as a callous and arrogant superpower eager. War in Ramadan will undermine US attempts to win the battle for Muslim public opinion."

- Muqtedar Khan, "To War or Not to War in Ramadan,", November 17, 2001. [This article also appeared in Newsday, Mirror International, and Muslim Observer.]

"The Ministry of Waqfs (religious endowments) and religious Al-Azhar celebrated late Wednesday the 27th Anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory (the October 6, 1973 war).

"In his speech, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Abdel Sabour Marzouk described the victory as one of the most landmark events in the modern Arab history. He lauded all leaders and commanders who contributed to it. On his part, Deputy of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mahmoud Ashour said that the 10th of Ramadan victory restored Arab dignity and highlighted the religious moral in achieving that triumph.

"'The Israelis should remember the lesson the Egyptians taught them during this glorious war and that the Arab nation is stable and capable of scoring victory,' said Sheikh Mahmoud."

- "Egypt Marks 27th Anniversary of Ramadan War,", December 7, 2000.

[Note: Muhammad fought some fierce battles during Ramadan, notably the Battle of Badr when on the 16th day of Ramadan in 624 he zealously fought to a draw a much larger army from the Quraish tribe. In modern times Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel during Ramadan, beginning the October 1973 War - also known as the Yom Kippur War, because it took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.]

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