Gulf states, other countries celebrate Eid ul Fitr



Muslims in the Gulf countries and other parts of the world celebrated Eid ul Fitr on Friday with family and friends, marking the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan.

The religious holiday is being celebrated in many countries including the Gulf states as Saudi Arabia announced the sighting of the Shawwal moon on April 20.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attended Eid Al-Fitr prayers on Friday.

King Salman performed the prayers with dignitaries at Jeddah’s Al-Salam Palace, while the crown prince joined worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

Earlier, the king conveyed Eid wishes to Arab and Muslim nations around the world on Twitter, sending hopes of prosperity and stability.

“May Allah accept from all of us the fasting of Ramadan month, the prayers, and good deeds. May Allah return to all of us Eid, as our country, the Arab and Muslim nations, and all the countries of the world enjoy security, peace, and tranquility,” he tweeted.

Muslims in the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Indonesia, Palestine, Turkey and Afghanistan celebrated the religious festival with zest and zeal.

The people started their day with morning prayers and offered Eid greetings to one another.

Several leaders from around the world extended felicitations to the Muslims on this day.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter: “Eid al-Fitr, also known as the festival of breaking the fast, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. To Muslims across the country and around the world who are celebrating with their family and friends: Eid Mubarak!”

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also wished the Muslims a very happy Eid.

“Each of us can be inspired by this celebration’s spirit of solidarity, community, compassion and empathy. Eid Mubarak!” he wrote.