Muslims begin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast that marks the end of Ramadan. This year, Russian Muslims begin to celebrate the holiday with the sunset and continue tomorrow during the day.
The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation and the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia informed that there will be no collective prayers in mosques on this day due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In Moscow, the main worship is traditionally held in the Cathedral Mosque, but this time only the clergy will take part in it. Everyone can watch the broadcast on Rossiya-1 TV channel, TASS informs.
"The sermon will be broadcasted at 09:00 Moscow time on Rossiya-1, and at 08:30 Moscow time, broadcasting of holiday takbirs (praises of Allah) will take place on our websites. They will proceed for half an hour until the beginning of the sermon conducted by the mufti (chairman of The Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation and the Council Muftis of Russia Ravil Gaynutdin), the Administration specified.
Mufti Albir Krganov, chairman of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, said that Muslims accept the measures taken amid the spread of COVID-19 with understanding.
Earlier, at a meeting with the leadership and representatives of Dagestan, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr at home, not to attend collective prayers and get together with friends in big companies.
The holiday is officially declared a day off in Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya and Adygea.
According to the calculations of the Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences and the fatwa of the Caucasus Muslims Office, in Azerbaijan, Eid al-Fitr falls on May 24. Deputy Chairman of the CMO, Dean of the Islamic University of Baku, Ph.D. Haji Fuad Nurullaev explained that on the eve of the holiday, it is necessary to gather with family at the festive table, and after the meal to allocate fitra from the family budget that before the morning holiday prayer should be given to the poor, needy or orphans.