From dawn until after sunset, since April 17, Salt Lake City Muslims have been fasting and saying extra prayers in the city's mosque and at their homes during Ramadan, the yearly Islamic period of introspection and purification observed by Muslims throughout the world.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which the Prophet Mohammed received the first revelations of the Koran.On May 16 or 17, depending on the new moon, Muslim communities in Salt Lake City and surrounding cities will meet in the Fine Arts Building at the Utah State Fairgrounds to mark the end of Ramadan with a festival. "We will gather about 8 a.m. for a special prayer and a sermon, followed by food, games and gift exchanges at Sugarhouse Park," said Nadeem Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Salt Lake City.

"Before Eid day, Muslims will pay special charity to the needy brothers so that all join in this celebration and perform joint prayers," he said.

"Islam urges us to enjoy life with every lawful means of enjoyment. Especially on Eid days the Islamic spirit of enjoyment and brotherhood becomes manifest. On Eid day everyone should be happy with family and friends; show mutual concern by exchanging gifts, smiling on the face of each other and expressing sincere love and affection to show the bondage of real brotherhood, which stems from the belief of Allah."

Ahmed said all Muslims should cherish brotherly feeling in their hearts toward each other, avoid talking behind each other's backs, avoid blaming one another and avoid causing disruption in the Muslim community. "Eid is a day when we should glorify the symbols of Allah and observe His signs to have piety in our hearts."