Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr in several countries

Press TV – Muslims in a number of countries are celebrating  Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen announced Sunday as Eid al-Fitr.

Turkish Muslims perform the Eid al-Fitr prayers at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Blue Mosque, in Istanbul, June 25, 2017. (Photo by AP)

Iraq’s Sunni population also observed the festival on Sunday. The occasion will be marked in Iran, Oman, Morocco and other countries on Monday.

The fasting month of Ramadan — the ninth month on the Islamic calendar — ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the main Muslim holidays.

Palestinian Muslims attend the Eid al-Fitr prayers in an open area in Gaza City on June 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Ramadan’s end is announced after the sighting of the first crescent of the new moon.

Indonesian Muslims perform the Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in Surabaya on June 25, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian president performs prayers in Hama

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performed the Eid al-Fitr prayers along other worshipers at al-Nouri Mosque in the west-central city of Hama on Sunday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad performs the Eid al-Fitr prayers at al-Nouri Mosque in Hama, June 25, 2015. (Photo by SANA)

Following the prayers, President Assad listened to the Eid sermon delivered by Sheikh Nahjem Eddin al-Ali.

Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted Sheikh Ali as saying that Assad’s presence in Hama for the prayers showed that the Syrians were “a few steps” away from victory and the return of security to their country.

The crisis in Syria, which began in 2011, was meant to tear down the Syrians, but it rather “strengthened the ties among the Syrians,” he added.