World Bulletin / News Desk
Muslims around the world welcomed the end of a long month of fasting with celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan.
Scores of Muslim worshipers from all over the world performed Eid prayer at al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque" in Mekkah and Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Prophet) in Madina, Saudi Arabia.
In Algeria, the Eid sermon, held at the Grand Mosque, called for taking advantage of such occasion to reconcile, as it also prayed to Allah all mighty to ease the suffering of humanity everywhere, especially for the peoples of Palestine, Somalia and Iraq.
Streets of the capital Algiers, as well as other Algerian cities, saw an atmosphere of joy and comfort thanks to social visitations that usually takes place in this occasion.
Muslims in Malaysia celebrate the end of Ramadan with a visit to the cemetery and traditional food.
In Iraq, Sunni worshippers gather in a central Baghdad mosque to break the fast.
They celebrated in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank ahead of news that President Obama is to host Israeli-Palestinian talks on Tuesday.
In Egypt people attended prayers in the capital of Cairo after the start of Ramadan.
And in Greece Muslims marked the occasion in the open promenade of the Olympic Stadium in Athens as a proper mosque still remains a dream after more than two decades of campaigning.
Muslimms in Switzerland observed eid prayers at the Geneva grand mosque and in all Muslim centers around the country. Hundreds of Muslims observed the prayers at the country's mosques and prayer corners.
Prayer leaders around the country concentrated in their speeches on brotherhood and solidarity among Muslims in support of the most in need under occupation and with those suffering from internal conflicts.
In all Islamic centers, a box for Zakat was placed so that Muslims could contribute to the most in need around the globe. Switzerland is home to more than 350,000 Muslims.
Muslims in Belgium celebrated Eid Al-Fitr by offering special prayers in mosques.
The Islamic Centre in Brussels - the biggest mosque in Belgium - was packed with worshippers.
In his khutba (sermon), the director of the Centre Dr.Abdulaziz Al-Yahya called on Muslims to adhere to the noble teachings of Islam and not to be misled by materialistic and atheistic propaganda.
As today is a car-free day in Brussels some mosques arranged prayers to be held earlier than usual Between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (local time), cars are prohibited in the city. Only pedestrians, cyclists, and other non-motorized traffic are allowed to use the roads. Public transport is free for the day.
An estimated 450,000 Muslims live in Belgium which has a total population of about 10 million.
Kosovar families prayed at the graves of their relatives who were killed by Serbian forces in January 1999, during the religious holiday.
Bosnian Muslims started Eid al-Fitr with morning prayers on the first day.
Meanwhile, Kashmiris jammed markets to stock up for Eid, which will be held Monday or Tuesday.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2009, 17:51