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Muslims in Iceland celebrate Eid al-Fitr

The end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, was celebrated by Muslims in Iceland with the traditional Eid al-Fitr feast in a mosque in Reykjavík yesterday.

Around 70 people took part in yesterday’s celebration. Salmann Tamimi, head of the Muslim Society in Iceland, told Morgunbladid that Eid al-Fitr is similar to Christmas, the children wear new clothes and exchange presents.

The guests contributed with their own homemade dishes to the international buffet, which included Indonesian, Eritrean and Egyptian food.

Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration, where the first day is the most festive one. The celebration traditionally begins with a prayer before dinner is served. Eid al-Fitr was first celebrated by Prophet Muhammed and his followers in year 624.

Around 350 people are registered members of the Muslim Society in Iceland, but Tamimi believes that the total number of Muslims in Iceland is closer to 800.

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