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27.09.2010 - Press release Print E-mail
     The session of the Working Group of the Secretariat of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions with the participation of the representatives of the different confessions and religious organizations, well-known theologians will be held on October 13-14 in Astana.
     The Working Group will discuss the draft of the Concept of the Council of Religious Leaders, an initiative tabled by President of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev at the III Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in July 2009.
     Members of the Working Group will also consider the agenda and the dates of the X Session of the Secretariat of the Congress of the Religious Leaders.

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24.09.2010 - Kazakhstan may become the moderator in the dialogue of civilizations Print E-mail
     Kazakhstan in 2011 will be Chairing in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), thus obtaining a unique chance to “build bridges” between East and West, director of the OSCE Department of the MFA of Kazakhstan Serzhan Abdykarimov said.In 2010 Kazakhstan is chairing in the OSCE, and in the next, staying in the ruling “OSCE Troika” (current, previous and future Chairmen of the organization), will lead the OIC.
    “Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE and the OIC will allow to synchronize the agendas of European and Asian organizations with more than 50 Member States in each. Geographic, political, civilizational situation of Kazakhstan itself makes it the mediator between East and West both literally and figuratively” – Abdykarimov said to RIA Novosti.
September 08, 2010 - KazInform - Today is the day when Muslims began to receive divine revelations of the holy book the Koran, the last day of the blessed month of Ramadan. Oraza Ayt (Eid-ul-Fitr) holiday begins tomorrow, on September 9. Print E-mail
     This year Oraza Ayt holiday will be celebrated on 9, 10 and 11 September. In the mosques of Astana Ayt Namaz (prayer) will start at 7:00 am.
     The word "Ayt" means "holiday", "festival". This day Muslims, who kept fast during 29 days, primarily go to the mosque for saying a prayer "Ayt Namaz". After listening to the sacred commandments of the Imam in the mosque, people together read Namaz. After reading Namaz, Muslims shake hands, hug and congratulate each other on the occasion of Ayt, expressing best wishes. Relatives, friends, who are at quarrel, asking for forgiveness, come to reconciliation. Women are busy in the kitchen, setting the table, preparing holiday meal. Neighbors visit each other's homes; they wish health to master of the house and congratulate with Oraza Ayt.
    This great holiday should be celebrated with good deeds as well. Thus, it is necessary to take care of neighbors; it is desirable to provide charitable support to the poor and needy.
    It should be noted that the holiday Ayt is marked by the month of Shawwal, coming after the holy month of Ramadan. Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) called his followers to keep fast in the month of Shawwal and talked about the greatness of this good cause. He said: "Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan and then follows it with six days of fasting in the month of Shawwâl, it will be as if he had fasted the year through." Fasting in the month of Shawwal may be kept any day of the month. It can be kept continuously, day after day, or be interrupted. However, after Ayt it should be observed fully and timely.
     Congratulations on Holy Ramadan Ayt! Oraza Ayt kabyl bolsyn! ("Blessed Eid").
13.09.2010 - On Saturday most Muslim countries will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr - the holiday of breaking the fast, which marks the end of an exhausting fasting of Ramadan. Print E-mail
    During the entire month Muslims abstained from eating, drinking, smoking and entertainment in the daytime.
    As a rule, the holiday of breaking the fast is celebrated for three or four days, beginning with the first day of the Islamic month shaval. In the first day a special common prayer is made. Then a festive meal is organized, RIA Novosti report.
    In the days of the holiday Muslims give gifts to relatives and friends, give charity to the poor, visit the graves of their ancestors. It is customary to buy new clothes to children. Leaders of Muslim countries exchange formal greetings.
    Business life is ceased almost for a week: banks are closed, Exchange, government agencies, schools and colleges are not operating.
    Typically, the day of the Eid ul-Fitr is defined by special commissions established in each country. In particular, members of these commissions should fix the appearance of a thin crescent of the new Muslim month shaval on the sky.
    Therefore, the advent of the holiday in different countries can begin on different days. Muslims of Libya, for example, this year began to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Friday.
    The Royal Court of Saudi Arabia also announced Saturday the first day of breaking of the fast. On Saturday, the Muslims of majority of Arab countries as well as Iran, Malaysia and Indonesia are finishing fasting.  
Source: IA News-Kazakhstan  
09.09.2010 - KAZINFORM - Today in Kazakhstan, as well as throughout the world, Oraza Ait - Eid al-Bayram - one of the most important religious holidays for every Muslim, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan is celebrated. Print E-mail
     The holiday is directly linked with the ideas of spiritual perfection and good deeds. It is usually celebrated by good deeds, taking care of neighbours and compassion to the needy.
     Four days before the holiday a thorough cleaning at home, court rooms, sheds, clean of animals begin. After cleaning, all the family members should bathe, put on clean clothes and fix up. In the evening the hostess cooks traditional Oriental dishes. Children carry them to their relatives; there is a mutual exchange of treats. This custom is called “there must be a smell of food in the house”. 
     Before the holiday they try to purchase foods and gifts, decorate and upgrade their homes. New curtains, bedspreads for furniture, festive clothing is bought. In advance money is collected for charity to the poor so that after receiving it they could also prepare for the celebration.Before the holiday people must forgive each other insults, try to visit their relatives and friends and ask them for forgiveness. On the first day of the holiday common prayers in the mosque are made. And then the Imam declares to believers that the fasting is really over. But before that every Muslim should pay a special charity Sadakat-ul-Fitr. This is the final step for taking the perfect fasting by Almighty. It is obligatory for every Muslim, obtaining the property in excess of his basic needs.      A Muslim tradition says that giving charity was devised by the Prophet himself, saying: “Fasting of Ramadan is hanging between heaven and earth, until God’s servant will not give his due charity”. The head of the family pays this charity for himself, spouse, children, and servants, if there are any.
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