In pictures: Eid celebrations across Windsor and Slough

Staff reporters

Eid celebrations have been taking place across Windsor and Slough marking the end of Ramadan.

As many as 6,000 worshipers visited the Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre in Stoke Poges Lane yesterday (Wednesday) where they took part in special prayer sessions throughout the morning.

The prayers are to thank God for giving them the discipline to fast during the month of Ramadan preceding Eid.

"We were given a task and the people have fulfilled it," explained Mosque trustee Muhammed Ayub.

"We don't have any parties in the Mosque on the morning of Eid, people pray and come home."

He added that those who travel to a Mosque by road on Eid are encouraged by teachings of the Prophet Muhammed to take a different route back home.

Mr Ayub is also a Muslim chaplain at Wexham Park and Heatherwood Hospitals.

The 73-year-old added: "Eid is also a time for family to get together and share a feeling of happiness."

On Saturday the Mosque also hosted a multi-faith evening fast-breaking ceremony.

Members of the Mosque explained the meaning of Ramadan to non-Muslims, including Slough's Christian, Hindu and Sikh communities.

Mr Ayub added: "I think everybody was very pleased, we're grateful they found the time to visit in the evening."

A ‘poignant moment’ was also shared by members of the Windsor Muslim Association (WMA) as they celebrated Eid.

The group gathered at the Manor Youth Centre, in Hanover Way, yesterday and listened to a sermon given by Iman Mohammed Basith Awan.

Mr Awan, from Slough, told the Express that observing Ramadan and celebrating Eid helped foster a close-knit feel between the community’s older and younger members.

He said: “It’s an occasion where the community gets to share a poignant moment together.

“A lot of the community make the effort for Ramadan but we wanted to try and give the message that they should continue that for the rest of the year.”

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