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Muslims observe Ramadan peacefully

  /   Mon, August 24 2009   /  11:40 am

Thousand of Muslims flocked to mosques across the predominantly Hindu island of Bali on Friday night to conduct evening Taraweh prayers to welcome the coming of the holy month of Ramadan. The Sudirman Grand Mosque in Denpasar, which holds 1,000 people, was filled to the brim with adherents. Similar scenes were observed at the At-Taqwa mosque in east Denpasar, the Baiturahman mosque in Kampung Jawa and the Muhajirin mosque in Kampung Islam Kepaon. Both Kampung Jawa and Kampung Islam Kepaon are traditional Muslim villages, which have in the past enjoyed the patronage of and protection from the island's traditional feudal rulers. To cope with the surging number of faithful, the custodians of the mosques cleared adjacent parking lots to accommodate the overflow. "We left the house early in the hopes of finding a spot inside the mosque," Indraswari, who is observing R...