This week marks the beginning of Eid al-Fitr and the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.
Typically Muslims gather with family and friends to enjoy three days of Eid festivities, an important Islamic holiday known as “the breaking of fast.”
But this year many are also mourning recent devastating terror attacks, most of them claimed by ISIL.
So far, 281 have been killed in Baghdad; 42 in Istanbul; 26 in Dhaka; and four in Medina.
Many condemned the devastating attacks and paid tribute to the victims on social media.
— Saima Mohsin (@SaimaMohsin) July 6, 2016
One of the bloodiest Ramzan's comes to an end, from Istanbul, Dhaka, Medina to Baghdad. With a heavy heart, Eid Mubarak.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) July 6, 2016
— Natasha Akhtar (@Natasha_Akhtar) July 4, 2016
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a gunman carrying bombs killed three people last Thursday. Bombs were hurled at a huge crowd of Muslims during Eid prayers. At least 200,000 people gathered at the country’s biggest annual Eid event near the site of the explosion. No one has claimed responsibility for today’s attack.
This assault comes days after 23 people, mainly foreigners, were killed at a popular bakery in Dhaka.
— Sonia Sarkar (@sonia_26) July 7, 2016
In Saudi Arabia, bombings across three cities shocked the country on Monday. The first hit near the Prophet’s Mosque in the country’s holy city of Medina, the second close to a U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, and a third blast targeted a Shia mosque in Qatif.
Eid's supposed to be a day of celebration and now it's gonna be full of mourning ? #prayformadinah
— sm (@mayamrrz) July 4, 2016
In Istanbul, three ISIL suicide bombers detonated a bomb and killed 44 people at the city’s main airport on June 28. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the third largest in Europe.
In Baghdad, the death toll from a devastating bombing has risen to 281. On Sunday, ISIL exploded a bomb-laden truck into a busy shopping area in Karrada, mainly a predominantly Muslim Shia area. The massive blast is the deadliest in the country since the 2003 US-led invasion.
Many on social media have also criticized a so-called “double-standard” and lack of grief towards Muslim victims:
Praying for Paris was cool. I guess Istanbul doesn't cut it #DoubleStandards
— Saffron Beatson (@SaffronBeatson) June 30, 2016
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 6, 2016
"We are all humans, we are all equal" then where's all the support gone for Muslims? thought they were part of humanity too? #PrayForIraq
— our moonlight[PB] (@lolingoakley) July 3, 2016
— Saqlain Ishtiaq (@Saqii__) July 4, 2016
It fills me with sadness that the Istanbul bombings are barely being covered. Double standards west v east culture tragedies…
— Hannah Griffin (@hbridget17) June 29, 2016