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Time Of Forgiveness

Fri., Jan. 30, 1998

King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, above, has granted amnesty to nearly 8,000 prisoners to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Reports said most were convicted of nonviolent crimes. The king wants the prisoners to spend Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of the holy month, with their families. The fasting month of Ramadan marks the revelation of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, to the Prophet Mohammed some 1,400 years ago. Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or have sex betwwen sunrise and sunset during the holy month.


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