Stamp to recognize Muslim festival

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Postal Service has announced plans to issue a postage stamp next year to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, or ''feast of fast breaking,'' that ends the annual fasting month of Ramadan.

U.S. Muslim groups have been urging such a stamp for years.

''This is one sign that the Muslim presence in America is being recognized,'' said Omar Ahmad, board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The Eid, which occurs this year on or about Dec. 27, ends the month when Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from daybreak to sunset and concentrate on God's commandments.

Fast observance is one of the ''five pillars'' of the Muslim faith.

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