HUNDREDS of people turned out to celebrate Eid at a Southampton mosque.

Southampton Medina Mosque hosted huge celebrations on Sunday for Eid al-Fitr.

The event saw hundreds of people both from the Muslim community and from other faiths across the city come together to celebrate the day.

There were stalls and food, as well as a bouncy castle for children.

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The event ran at the mosque from 11am to 4pm and organisers described it as the "biggest event yet".

Imam Muhammad Ali Tanveer, of Medina Mosque, said: "We are celebrating Eid.

"The month of Ramadan has just passed us and as Muslims, we fast on the month of Ramadan and straight after Ramadan, we have Eid al-Fitr.

"This is where families come together, the community comes together and we enjoy nice food, we socialise with one another, and we spend quality family time together.

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"We have children here, families here, even non-Muslims have attended today.

"We have reached out to people of different faiths so it's a great community spirit here, a great atmosphere, and the weather is brilliant as well."

Javid Ditta, the vice-chair of Southampton Medina Mosque, added: "We have all members of the local community visiting and enjoying looking at all the stalls we have.

"We have a bouncy castle, food, henna, all sorts of stalls for everyone to come and enjoy.

"We've had a fantastic turnout, probably the biggest turnout that we've had.

"I think people are relieved to get over Covid and not having the ability to come together as a community.

"This has been our biggest community event to date."

Amjid Jabbar, one of the organisers of the celebration, said: "This is the biggest event in the Muslim community.

"We've got hundreds of people here, this is an event celebrating our Eid as a collective community."

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