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Muslims celebrate ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ in Moscow under 4,000 police watch

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Thousands of Muslims praying in the streets of Moscow under police surveillance

Thousands of Muslims praying in the streets of Moscow under police surveillance. Photo: Jordi Bernabeu Farrús / flickr.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have gathered at various locations in and outside Moscow to pray and celebrate the Feast of Sacrifice, dedicated to the Prophet Abraham. Some 4,000 Russian police were assigned to guard the festivities.

The celebration of Eid al-Adha, or Kurban Bayram in Russia, began at 6:30am local time (03:30 GMT) and lasted some four hours. The service at Moscow Cathedral Mosque, one of the biggest in Europe, was traditionally carried out by Russian Grand Mufti Rawil Gaynetdin. He addressed the congregation with a call on the faithful to show mercy to one another and comfort those who need help. He also urged those who commit terrorist acts “under the guise of Islam” to repent.

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