23 August 2011, 10:01
Sokolniki to host mass namaz to mark end of Ramadan
Moscow, August 23, Interfax - Moscow's Sokolniki Culture & Exhibition Center will host a mass namaz prayer on August 30 to celebrate Uraza-Bairam under an agreement reached by head of the Muslim Spiritual Board for Moscow and the center of Russia Albir Krganov and head of Moscow's Department for Interregional Cooperation, Ethnic Policy and Ties with Religious Organizations Yury Artyukhin, Mufti Krganov told Interfax-Religion.
Uraza-Bairam is a holiday marking the end of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
The 5,000-square-meter pavilion can accommodate 5,000-8,000 prayers.
Mufti Krganov assured the authorities that the upcoming namaz would not create inconveniences for Muscovites.
There is a metro station near the Sokolniki center, which would make things easier for namaz attendees. A parking space for 500 cars will be available.
The four of Moscow mosques cannot accommodate all prayers, the mufti said.
"This made it hard both for believers, who often had to pray on the ground even when it rained, and for residents of nearby houses because believers filled all streets and lanes around the mosques," he said.
Earlier, Mufti Krganov appealed to Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin to help the Moscow Muftiate organize Uraza-Bairam and Kurban-Bairam, feast marking the end of the hajj pilgrimage, at an indoor venue.
Kurban-Bairam will be celebrated on November 7.