Madinah/ Dubai, August 19: Thousands of expatriate Indians in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and other Arab countries on Sunday began Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations with offering prayers in various Masjids.
Thousands of NRI Muslims gathered at the Masjid-ul-Haram in Makkah and Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madinah to offer Eid prayer on Sunday morning.
A considerable number of Muslim expatriate worker who live in Saudi Arabian cities like Makkah, Madinah and Jubail celebrated the festival joining with the Saudi nationals.
Saudi crown prince Salman Abdul Aziz, Home Minister Prince Ahmad and Governor Makkah, Prince Khalid Al Faisal offered their prayers at Masjid-ul-Haram.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival where the Muslims spread the feelings of love and peace, forgetting their old problems and grudges with one another. The victory of the good over the evil forces is celebrated during this time. The people also donate food, clothes and money to the poor Islamic community.
UAE residents outpoured in their gratitude and wishes for the leaders of the country, praying for and sending their best wishes to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Huge Eid prayer congregations were also held in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippine, Libya and Egypt, where special prayers were held for the welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
Muslims in US, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are also celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday.