08 August 2013, 13:58
Eid al-Fitr prayer at Moscow's central mosque draws tens of thousands of Muslims
Moscow, August 8, Interfax - Tens of thousands of Muslims joined Chairman of the Russian Muftis Council Ravil Gainutdin for Thursday's prayer on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, at Moscow's central mosque.
The square and the streets surrounding the mosque, which is located near the Prospekt Mira subway station, were filled with worshippers. The prayer was also attended by the ambassadors of Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait and a number of Central Asian countries.
No incidents were reported during the event, an Interfax-Religion correspondent said.
Starting from August 6, all public events will proceed amid heightened security in Moscow as the Russian capital is due to host the IAAF World Championship from August 10 to August 18.
Up to 3,000 policemen and Armed Forces soldiers are currently maintaining security in Moscow.
Streets adjacent to all of the places hosting Eid al-Fitr events have been closed to traffic.
Eid al-Fitr religious services are being conducted at all of Russia's mosques, including in Moscow, where this year three additional venues have been allocated for Muslims celebrating this holiday - a pavilion at the Sokolkini Park, a venue at the 60th Anniversary of the October Revolution Park, as well as a site on the premises of the Izumrudny sports center.