Moscow, May 14, Interfax - There will be no crowds outside Moscow's main mosque to mark Uraza Bayram (Eid al-Fitr), the end of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, this year.
Instead, the prayer service will be attended by a limited number of clergy and spiritual officials. In the regions, the format has been left for local religious organizations to decide, depending on their epidemiological situations, the Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia said on Thursday.
This year's Uraza Bayram falls on May 24. In previous years, the festival has gathered between 100,000 and 200,000 believers outside the capital's main mosque.
"As Muslims, we have neither a moral, nor religious right to engage in facilitating the spread of a fatal disease. Muslims are tolerant and law-abiding. And in this situation, we want to show the public as a whole an example of a responsible attitude toward a universal human threat," the Muslim board's first deputy chairman Damir Mukhetdinov told its plenum.