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From TheJournal.ie Officials apologise after alleged Christchurch mosque shooter's letter is posted online 4chan

Officials apologise after alleged Christchurch mosque shooter's letter is posted online

Meanwhile, survivors and victims’ families have asked that the trial be delayed so it doesn’t take place during Ramadan.

From TheJournal.ie Ramadan attack at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least five people, wounds 24 Lahore

Ramadan attack at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least five people, wounds 24

Police have said they are still investigating the nature of the blast.

From TheJournal.ie 'It's a very long day and you do feel hungry occasionally': Muslims on fasting for Ramadan Ramadan This post contains videos

'It's a very long day and you do feel hungry occasionally': Muslims on fasting for Ramadan

Due to the long summer days in western Europe, fasting can last up to 19 hours in some countries.

From TheJournal.ie Taliban announces unprecedented ceasefire for end of holy month of Ramadan Afghanistan

Taliban announces unprecedented ceasefire for end of holy month of Ramadan

Today’s announcement coincides with the Afghan government announcing a ceasefire earlier this month.

From TheJournal.ie Trump hosts iftar dinner at White House, as demonstrators protest immigration laws Ramadan

Trump hosts iftar dinner at White House, as demonstrators protest immigration laws

Trump defied recent custom by not holding a similar event during his first year in office.

From TheJournal.ie Ian Paisley Jr apologises for sharing Katie Hopkins tweet about Ramadan Mea Culpa

Ian Paisley Jr apologises for sharing Katie Hopkins tweet about Ramadan

The tweet had linked the Muslim practice of fasting for a month to murder rates in London.

From TheJournal.ie 'Ramadan is about so much more than refraining from food and drink' Column

'Ramadan is about so much more than refraining from food and drink'

Ramadan is that one month where you can easily focus on your spirituality in a busy world, writes Hajar Akl.

From TheJournal.ie Galway Christian church leaders line up to condemn mosque attack Solidarity

Galway Christian church leaders line up to condemn mosque attack

In a joint statement, representatives of the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian and Quaker churches condemned the attack.

From TheJournal.ie Attack targets school as 250,000 prayed nearby to mark end of Ramadan Bangladesh

Attack targets school as 250,000 prayed nearby to mark end of Ramadan

It is believed to have been carried out by Islamists.

From TheJournal.ie Muslim leaders condemn suicide bombs in Saudi Arabia, including one at holy site Ramadan

Muslim leaders condemn suicide bombs in Saudi Arabia, including one at holy site

‘This crime could not have been perpetrated by someone who had an atom of belief in his heart.’

From TheJournal.ie Not eating until 10pm every night: Here's what Ramadan is like for me in Ireland Opinion

Not eating until 10pm every night: Here's what Ramadan is like for me in Ireland

After never adhering to Ramadan while growing up, Mohammed Rahman began doing so a few years ago. He writes about what it’s like for a Muslim in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Muslims invite LGBT community to event to celebrate Ramadan Sun Up To Sun Down

Irish Muslims invite LGBT community to event to celebrate Ramadan

The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have been fasting for almost a month now.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Ramadan starts today - here's what happens during the Muslim holy month Fasting And Prayer

Explainer: Ramadan starts today - here's what happens during the Muslim holy month

The holy month will be particularly hard this year for many Muslims in the northern hemisphere.

From TheJournal.ie Coke is removing logos from its packaging to try to make you a better person Ramadan

Coke is removing logos from its packaging to try to make you a better person

“Labels are for cans, not for people.”

From TheJournal.ie Irish Muslims condemn Ramadan terrorist attacks Tragedy

Irish Muslims condemn Ramadan terrorist attacks

The founder of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council was speaking about the attacks at an event yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Ramadan begins today - but it's not as straightforward as simply fasting Islam

Ramadan begins today - but it's not as straightforward as simply fasting

There’s more to the fasting than just staying away from food and drink.

From The42 'It's between us and God' - Algerian side won't blame Ramadan for World Cup exit Heading Home

'It's between us and God' - Algerian side won't blame Ramadan for World Cup exit

Goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi insists their extra-time loss was not due to fitness reasons.

From TheJournal.ie Wave of bombings in Iraq during holiday kills 69 Iraq

Wave of bombings in Iraq during holiday kills 69

The death toll is the highest since assaults in July near Baghdad.

From TheJournal.ie US evacuates staff from Pakistan over "specific threats" Terror Alert

US evacuates staff from Pakistan over "specific threats"

All non-emergency staff have been ordered out of the US embassy in Lahore because of the threat.

From TheJournal.ie Israel and Palestine to resume talks in Washington Peace Talks

Israel and Palestine to resume talks in Washington

It will be the first time officials have had direct discussions in the past three years.

From TheJournal.ie Death toll in Pakistan twin suicide attacks rises to 57 Terrorism

Death toll in Pakistan twin suicide attacks rises to 57

Two bombers walked into crowded market as shoppers bought food to break their fasts at sunset for Ramadan.

From TheJournal.ie Ramadan begins in Ireland tomorrow - but there's been confusion elsewhere Islam

Ramadan begins in Ireland tomorrow - but there's been confusion elsewhere

Ramadan began in the USA yesterday, and there was some confusion in France over the official date.

From TheJournal.ie Prolonged fasting for Ramadan is dangerous for people with diabetes Ramadan

Prolonged fasting for Ramadan is dangerous for people with diabetes

Abstaining from eating, drinking and using oral medications from dawn to sunset could cause hypoglycemia.

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix: Sunday Need To Know This post contains videos

The Evening Fix: Sunday

Things we learned, loved and shared today…

From TheJournal.ie In photos: celebrating the end of Ramadan around the world Ramadan This post contains images

In photos: celebrating the end of Ramadan around the world

Eid al-Fitr feast marks the end of Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan.

From TheJournal.ie Afghanistan: dozens killed in worst day of attacks on civilians this year Afghanistan

Afghanistan: dozens killed in worst day of attacks on civilians this year

Attacks come amid preparations to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: Iranians mourn as earthquake death toll passes 300 Iran This post contains videos

VIDEO: Iranians mourn as earthquake death toll passes 300

An official report from Iran’s health minister says the official death toll is now 306 – the majority of them women and children.

From TheJournal.ie Rescuers dig for survivors after quakes kill 250 in Iran Quakes

Rescuers dig for survivors after quakes kill 250 in Iran

The two earthquakes struck within 11 minutes of each other, levelling villages and trapping many people in the rubble.

From TheJournal.ie US mosque burns to ground in suspected arson attack Arson

US mosque burns to ground in suspected arson attack

“We hope these are isolated events, but suddenly they have become more regular and bolder.”

From TheJournal.ie Pig heads dumped outside French mosque provoke outrage Pigs

Pig heads dumped outside French mosque provoke outrage

Jewish and Muslim groups have reacted angrily to the incident in town where Islamist gunman killed two paratroopers earlier this year.

From TheJournal.ie Somali children given guns and grenades in radio contest Somalia

Somali children given guns and grenades in radio contest

Islamist group al-Shabab gave the prizes to children aged between ten and 17 after testing them on their knowledge of the Koran.

From TheJournal.ie At least 56 dead as dozens of Iraqi cities targeted in bombings Iraq

At least 56 dead as dozens of Iraqi cities targeted in bombings

The scope of the violence emphasised the still dangerous ability of insurgents to coordinate and carry out attacks despite repeated crackdowns by Iraqi and US forces.

From TheJournal.ie Hama streets fall quiet as Syrian government claims the city Syria This post contains images

Hama streets fall quiet as Syrian government claims the city

Images broadcast by Syrian state media indicate that the military believes it has crushed the uprising in Hama. At least 13 people were killed in protests across Syrian today.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

It’s been a busy bank holiday weekend – keep up to date on the day’s events and all the little bits in between with TheJournal.ie’s daily round-up…

From TheJournal.ie NATO set to continue bombing Libya during Ramadan Libya

NATO set to continue bombing Libya during Ramadan

But the alliance said its campaign would stop if Gaddafi’s forces stopped targeting civilians.

From TheJournal.ie In pictures: the final day of Ramadan Ramadan This post contains images

In pictures: the final day of Ramadan

Muslims worry that the festivities to mark the end of the Holy Month may be mistaken for celebrations of September 11.

TORRENTIAL RAIN IN northern Turkey has led to flooding and landslides, causing at least 12 deaths.

Dozens of homes in Gundogdu, in the Rize province, were hit by the landslides following heavy rains beginning on Thursday night.

Many of the town’s residents were eating as the landslide hit, after a day of fasting for the religious month of Ramadan.

11 people were originally reported dead with two more missing. However, later on Friday the body of an elderly woman was recovered, bring the death toll of the sudden landslide to 12.

Speaking to Anatolia news agency, survivor Buruk Aka recounted the terrifying speed of the disaster:

We realized that the house was going to collapse. It did before I could say, ‘Run it’s going to collapse! …I managed to throw myself out but my mother-in-law and my brother could not escape. They were buried in the landslide.

Officials have said that at least seven people have been rescued.

THE MOST important date in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, began at sunrise today and will continue for the next month.

Most of Ireland’s 45,000 Muslims will be expected to observe the religious fasting during the holy month, which this year will run slightly a little longer (as it follows the lunar calendar) and end on 9 September.

Muslims are called upon to use this time to re-evaluate their lives, focus on their relationship with god, and to give to charity. During daylight hours, Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs.

Older people, pregnant women, and children are exempt from fasting during Ramadan.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam – along with the belief in one god, daily prayer, giving to the needy, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Nightly prayer is also part of Ramadan and a special prayer is held each night at the mosque.

See the Ramadan timetable for your area here and more information on Islam in Ireland here.

Meanwhile, Apple has launched an iPhone app to help Muslims during Ramadan – it will let believers browse the Qur’an and ensure that they are facing Mecca during prayer time.  While the technology has been welcomed by some, others fear that it may lead to the commercialization of the holy month in much the same as many Christians feel Christmas has been exploited.