World Bulletin/News Desk
South Africa's Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival that follows the fasting month of Ramadan, on Friday, but heavy rains have disrupted the prayers associated with the Islamic religious festival, forcing imams to move the ritual into mosques.
"We were expecting between 5,000-7,000 people to attend the Eid prayers outside this sports ground, but unfortunately due to rain we had to change the venue to a mosque in Erasmia, which is a bit smaller in size," Sheikh Ebrahim Tayob, the organizer of the Pretoria Eidgar, told Anadolu Agency.
He said that Eid prayers were delayed at most venues in the capital Pretoria because of the heavy rains.
"Most Imams I spoke to in different mosques told me they had delayed their prayer time from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. because of the heavy rains."
Sheikh Imad Kishtah who led the Eid prayers at the Erasmia mosque encouraged Muslims to remain united throughout the year.
"We have been united during the month of Ramadan and I encourage all of you to continue with the same spirit," he told the congregation.
Following the Eid prayers, Muslims in Laudium visited graveyards to pay respects and recite prayers for the dead.
Leading Muslim scholars, meanwhile, hosted a breakfast for members of the community, where recitations of the holy Quran and lectures were given to attendees.
"Let’s continue behaving like we did in the holy month of Ramadan by helping the poor and doing other good deeds which Allah wants us to do," Hafiz Ismail Hazarvi, the Deputy Principal of Darul Uloom Pretoria, told attendees.
He also prayed for peace in Muslim countries which were experiencing civil and political turmoil.
But Muslims in Johannesburg braved the bad weather and attended the prayers in the open space to celebrate the religious feast.
"Despite the drizzling, we prayed outside a sports ground in Mayfair and the turn-out was very good Alhamdulillah," Sheikh Ahmed Mahmud of the Mayfair mosque in Johannesburg told AA.
"On behalf of government and the people of South Africa, I am pleased to celebrate the end of Ramadan by wishing the Muslim community in South Africa and around the world a happy Eid al-fitr," the president said in a statement.
"May this day be one of peace and joy for you and your family," Zille said in statement.
The community enjoys many freedoms compared to those living in other countries and participates in many sectors of the country as politics, business and academia.
There are currently a number of Muslims serving as ministers, professors and high ranking members of the civil service.
South Africa also has an Islamic leaning political party, Al- Jama-ah, which is led by Ganief Hendricks.
Following a military coup, Turkey banned all non-Turkish broadcasts between 1983 and 1991.
Crimean Tatars oppose joining with Russia, as they fear a repeat of the events of 1944 when Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ethnically cleansed them from their homeland.
American bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who like Geert Wilders were also banned from entering the UK after being invited to speak to English Defence League members, will also be on the panel.
Legoland Winsor was due to host a private party for Muslim children on Sunday.
Maksat Hajji Toktomushev has been elected as the new grand mufti of Kyrgyzstan.
Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after he compared Muslim womens' burkas to black dustbin liners.
Quebec survey says a draft law to ban state employees from wearing religious symbols is targeting women who wear a headscarf.
The council had described the killing of endangered animals as "unethical, immoral and sinful", council official Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh.
The opening of the museum was attended by many notables including Yusuf Islam, formerly known as the musician Cat Stevens. “It is a fantastic project and it is going to grow… it is just going to grow”, Yusuf Islam was quoted by SBS.
A former anti-Islamist politician, Arnoud van Doorn, has started a new Islamic party in Holland after accepting Islam.
'It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public,' Boris Johnson said.
The mosque in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is due to be open by 2015.
As well as Muslim women, Sikh men, who are also required to cover their hair, will also benefit from the new rule change.
The new scheme, which is currently being tested at the holy mosque in Mecca, may soon make its way to the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Islam's second holiest site.
In the video, which is set in Ancient Egypt with the singer posing as Cleopatra, she was seen zapping a man wearing pendant with the name of Allah on it to dust.
Legoland cancels day for Muslim families after threats from far-right extremists.