More than 250 thousand Muslims of Moscow prayed together on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

More than 250 thousand Muslims attended the morning prayer in Moscow in honor of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. On Sunday, June 25, according to the website of Regardie.

Joint prayer and sermon was held at the Historic mosque in the street Malorechenskoe, the Moscow Cathedral mosque on Mira Avenue, the Memorial mosque on Poklonnaya hill, Yardyam mosque in Otradnoye and in other venues.

According to Regardie, offences not recorded. Public order during the event provided more than three thousand troops.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Muslims on the holiday, the press service of the head of state. “Our most sincere respect, deserves the active participation of Muslim organizations in the social, cultural life of the country, in the implementation of the claimed charitable, educational, Patriotic initiatives”, — said the head of state.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also noted that the Muslim community does a lot for the development of cooperation of Russia with the Islamic world. “Special respect deserve its contribution to the fight against manifestations of extremism and xenophobia, efforts aimed at maintaining peace and accord in our multinational and multireligious country,” — said the head of the Cabinet.

Eid al-Fitr (“Feast day”) commemorates the end of fasting in the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The tradition originates from the time of the prophet Muhammad in 624. In this day of spiritual purification the believers are instructed to ask each other for forgiveness, read Qur’an and give the obligatory charity — zakat al-Fitr.