Millions of Muslims around the world celebrate Eid

Millions of Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid - the feast that follows the fasting month of Ramadan.

Thousands of Muslims gathered in Makkah and Madinah to perform the Eid Al-Fitr prayers in the early hours of Monday morning, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In Makkah’s Grand Mosque, Imam Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid led the prayer. 

The Eid prayer at the Prophet’s Holy Mosque in Madinah was attended by Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Madinah Region; and Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of Madinah Region.

Eid holidays also started in Turkey on Monday. Here it is a three-day Eid holiday which is expected to boost domestic tourism, with millions hitting the roads days after the indoor mask mandate in the country was partly lifted after two years of strict coronavirus measures.

Police units made traffic controls across the country, warning drivers to wear seat belts and be vigilant while driving for long hours. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu participated in one of the controls in the northwestern province of Kocaeli’s Gebze district. The minister highlighted that the security units would be alert through the week, with some 290,000 personnel working with shifts.

Holiday makers thronged the Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts, but rain was expected in many parts of the country.

The editorial team of commonspace.eu wishes Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim readers across the world.

source: commonspace.eu with Arab News (Jeddah) Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul) and agencies
photo: Thousands of Muslims gathered in Makkah to perform the Eid Al-Fitr prayers in the early hours of Monday morning (picture courtesy of Arab News, Jeddah)

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