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Alhamdulillah! Reason to Celebrate

Bali's Moslems Receive Long-Awaited Good News from the Island's Government during Local Eid Celebrations.

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Bali's minority Moslems joined their Islamic brethren around the world to celebrate the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha on Friday, February 22, 2002. This festival marks the end of the Haj, season commemorating the day on which God stilled the prophet Abraham's hand just before he was about to to slay his own son, Abraham, as an offering, replacing the boy with a wild ram that suddenly appeared at Allah's behest. Symbolically recreating the event, Moslems pass this day in organized prayers at local mosques after which goats, cows and other livestock are traditionally slaughtered with their meat offered to the poor.

Following this year's prayers local Islamic leaders were pleased to announce that the Government had set aside a 10,000 square meter plot of land at Mumbul, Jimbaran to serve as the official cemetery for Bali's Moslem community. Located 14 kilometers southwest from the capital city of Denpasar, the gift of land from the Governor's office helps address the long-standing problem of finding a suitable final resting place for local Moslems.

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