For many American Muslims, the issue of the exact start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, is under debate. The apparently traditional mandate to start fasting "when the moon is sighted" has spawned interpretations that make the beginning of the month differ from place to place.
SOURCES: The Fiqh Council of America, Ramadan Awareness Campaign, Your Complete Guide to Ramadan. | Alberto Cuadra/The Washington Post - August 11, 2010
Muslims toning down Eid festivities in honor of Sept. 11 Article | Each year on Eid ul-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan month of fasting, 8,000 to 10,000 Muslims stream into the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring in shifts for special Eid services, followed by food, singing, dancing and henna decorating to celebrate one of Islam's most festive holidays.