Thousands across Hampshire to mark end of Ramadan

Muslims in Southampton celebrate Eid al-Fitr last year

Muslims in Southampton celebrate Eid al-Fitr last year

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

THOUSANDS of people across Hampshire will join hundreds of millions across the world to celebrate the end of Ramadan at the start of next week.

Celebrations will spill out on to the streets of Southampton when the crescent moon is sighted in the sky forecasting the end of the month-long daytime fast and beginning of Eid al-Fitr.

This weekend people across Hampshire will be looking forward to celebrating Eid, which sees families come together and enjoy a banquet of food.

Only when the crescent moon is sighted in the sky – which is expected either Sunday or Monday night – will people begin the festivities.

The secretary of the Abu-Bakr Mosque in Argyle Road, Mohammed Khan, known as Khanjee, said he is expecting 2,000 to 3,000 people to turn up on the day.

He said: “There will be a big party going on outside. Last time there was so many people here we had to put on a third prayer.

“It’s a celebration, we can eat as much as we want, people wear new clothes, we go to our families and spend the day with them. It means so much to Muslims.”

For one month Muslims across the world remember the anniversary of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, by abstaining from food or drink between sunrise and sunset in a bid to “experience what it is like for a poor person to live”.

During that time Muslims raise thousands of pounds for charities helping poverty-stricken people across the world.

Faith leaders stress that children, those who are unwell, diabetics, pregnant women, or people who are on long journeys are exempt from taking part in Ramadan.

Eid is the end of the fasting and to celebrate families spend time with each other after prayers in the morning.

They enjoy a banquet of food and wish each other “Eid Mubarak” – which means “blessed celebration”.

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9:59am Sun 27 Jul 14

Micle1974 says...

Is that a bouncy castle I see in the background? I love bouncy castles!
Is that a bouncy castle I see in the background? I love bouncy castles! Micle1974
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10:10am Sun 27 Jul 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

Roll on Christmas.
Roll on Christmas. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 6

11:36am Sun 27 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Pork pies and bacon butty's all round then......
Pork pies and bacon butty's all round then...... burgerboy
  • Score: -13

1:32pm Sun 27 Jul 14

solomum says...

How on earth have they coped without drink in this heat?
How on earth have they coped without drink in this heat? solomum
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6:23pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Reality50 says...

Who cares? This is England not some Third World backward cesspit.
Who cares? This is England not some Third World backward cesspit. Reality50
  • Score: -6

11:40pm Sun 27 Jul 14

polygonqueen says...

What's wrong with you xenophobic philistines leaving uncalled for insulting comments? You could not adhere to a religious discipline unless it contained getting blind drunk and vomiting in the street.
What's wrong with you xenophobic philistines leaving uncalled for insulting comments? You could not adhere to a religious discipline unless it contained getting blind drunk and vomiting in the street. polygonqueen
  • Score: 0

1:29am Mon 28 Jul 14

Dai Rear says...

polygonqueen wrote:
What's wrong with you xenophobic philistines leaving uncalled for insulting comments? You could not adhere to a religious discipline unless it contained getting blind drunk and vomiting in the street.
You know what? These posters, who you feel have such an irrational fear of foreigners (what's that got to do with anything?) and who you feel possess the social attitude of anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spirituality, and intellect (what's that got to do with anything?) probably do adhere to the 6th Commandment and may be expressing some confusion as to why adherents of the faith described in this piece feel that the 6th Commandment is not relevant in the case of Mr Rushdie-just for one teeny example.
[quote][p][bold]polygonqueen[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with you xenophobic philistines leaving uncalled for insulting comments? You could not adhere to a religious discipline unless it contained getting blind drunk and vomiting in the street.[/p][/quote]You know what? These posters, who you feel have such an irrational fear of foreigners (what's that got to do with anything?) and who you feel possess the social attitude of anti-intellectualism that undervalues and despises art, beauty, spirituality, and intellect (what's that got to do with anything?) probably do adhere to the 6th Commandment and may be expressing some confusion as to why adherents of the faith described in this piece feel that the 6th Commandment is not relevant in the case of Mr Rushdie-just for one teeny example. Dai Rear
  • Score: 4

11:33am Mon 28 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

Sorry thousands of people spilling into the streets for a non-charity purpose?

Jeffy? Al? Anything to say about this? Surely this is ridiculous and unacceptable as it will cause delays to the good people of the city?
Sorry thousands of people spilling into the streets for a non-charity purpose? Jeffy? Al? Anything to say about this? Surely this is ridiculous and unacceptable as it will cause delays to the good people of the city? camerajuan
  • Score: -1

11:29am Thu 31 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

camerajuan wrote:
Sorry thousands of people spilling into the streets for a non-charity purpose?

Jeffy? Al? Anything to say about this? Surely this is ridiculous and unacceptable as it will cause delays to the good people of the city?
2 votes down from Jeffy and Al with no response. Love it!
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Sorry thousands of people spilling into the streets for a non-charity purpose? Jeffy? Al? Anything to say about this? Surely this is ridiculous and unacceptable as it will cause delays to the good people of the city?[/p][/quote]2 votes down from Jeffy and Al with no response. Love it! camerajuan
  • Score: 0

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