Moscow, June 25, Interfax - Several thousands of people gathered in the Moscow Cathedral Mosque on Monday to pray on Eid al-Fitr, one of the main holidays, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The holiday service is conducted by Ravil Gainutdin the head of the Russian Council of Muftis. The mosque and its territory are fully of believers. Hundreds of Muslims who were unable to get inside have gathered on the neighboring streets, putting prayer carpets on the ground.
"I am asking the All-Merciful Creator to strengthen our faith, to increase our virtue, to put feelings of mercy and commiseration with our neighbor in our hearts, to give peace ad wellbeing to our Fatherland and all mankind," Gainutdin said in his address to believers.
The mufti called on them to be generous and responsive, saying thee qualities are characteristic of believes and a lack of them is a sign of a lack of faith.
Prayers are also being conducted in Moscow in the Historical, Memorial and other mosques and on special sites. Some streets have been closed to traffic due to the holiday.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fast, which lasted through the month of Ramadan. According to Islam, Allah gave the Koran to the people in that month.
Before the holiday, Muslims are supposed to fulfill their obligation to the Almightily One in favor of needy people. Spiritual directorates of Muslims establish the amount of alms to men, women and children every year. This year, it is 100 rubles for low-income people, 300 rubles for people with average incomes and from 500 people for wealthy people.
The holiday is marked for three days. In that time, Muslims go to mosques and read the Koran. The celebrations continue at the holiday table, when people visit each other and give each other gifts. It is also a tradition to help the poor so that everyone can take part in the celebration.
On these days, all relatives are expected to come together because it is believes that the souls of he dead come to their relatives' houses at Eid al-Fitr. Additionally, every Muslim considers it his duty to visit his ancestors' graves.