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Arab countries celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday

Muslim women at a prayer service at a mosque in Redmond Washington to mark the end of Ramadan and the start of Eid-al Fitr in 2016 READ MOREWhat is Eid and how do Muslims celebrate
Patty Aguilar | 06 June, 2019, 05:43

After a sighting of the first crescent of the new moon, a three-day festival is held in celebration.

The ministry said authorities had taken many measures to reduce the number of potential traffic accidents during the nine-day-long Eid al-Fitr holiday. Thereafter, they visit the graves of loved ones to pray.

It was not clear why Gaza did not follow Saudi Arabia's lead, as it usually does.

Parliamentarians and politicians took to social media for Eid greetings.

Other criticism was more serious.

"I congratulate you on Eid al-Fitr, near the house of God [Mecca]".

Eid was completely celebrated in Peshawar division, Mardan division, Bannu division and six of the seven merged tribal districts, while it was partially marked in Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan divisions.

Protesters clashed with government forces in Downtown after Eid prayers.

Sudanese protesters have camped for months outside the military's headquarters as the two sides negotiated over who would run the country after longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir's ouster in April.

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They're following the advice of peak Islamic bodies in Australia, such the Lebanese Muslim Association and the Australian National Imams Council, which have declared Eid on Wednesday.

PM Imran urged the countrymen to show compassion and share with deserving people. Chand Raat was celebrated in other parts of the world including the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Somalia among other countries.

If skywatchers do not see the moon then Ramadan is supposed to roll over for another day. The Taliban, which are Sunni hard-liners, have said there will be no end to fighting while USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops are still in Afghanistan.

As much as Muslims have every reason to mark this day with feast and the making of merry, the NPP calls on them especially the youth to exercise significant moderation and circumspection in their celebrations so that at the end of the day, no casualty is recorded.

"Eid Mubarak with prayers for peace, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan", wrote Director-General Major-General Asif Ghafoor.

Eidul Fitr is being celebrated across Pakistan on Wednesday with traditional zeal and fervor.

The holiday traditionally lasts one to three days and is eagerly anticipated after the month of fasting. Birmingham's Eid in the Park attracted more than 100,000 people in Small Heath Park despite the rain. Mosques hold special prayers at sunrise, and children are often given gifts or a special allowance. Hundreds of youth clashed with government forces, to which forces retaliated with intense tear gas shelling, and also opened pellets to disperse the protestors.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said his thoughts were with families of security forces killed while confronting jihadists in the West African nation, one of the world's poorest countries.

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