Eid Mubarak: UK joins the world's Muslims to celebrate the end of Ramadan 2015 with Eid-ul-Fitr

Saudi Arabia has declared the sighting of a full-moon as President Obama and PM David Cameron wish Muslim community Eid Mubarak

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The Independent Online

Adhan – the early-morning call-to-prayer – for the world’s almost 1.57 billion Muslims will be that bit extra special this weekend as the kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court declared the sighting of a full-moon last night, signalling an end to Ramadan 2015, as ‘Eid Mubarak’ begins to echo across the globe.

Shortly after the announcement, thousands of passengers began clambering onto the roofs of overcrowded trains and onto ferries throughout Bangladesh, hoards of families fought through rail station crowds with their belongings in Jakarta, the Surabaya port in eastern Java came roaring to life, and the vibrantly-coloured buses of Pakistan were almost tilting with the weight of commuters as jubilant families came together to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.


This Palestinian family visit the grave of a relative to read D'uaa at a cemetery in Gaza City's eastern suburb of Al-Shejaiya (via MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia's Muslim community flocks to the Sunda Kelapa port in Jakarta for Eid prayers (via ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Young women take a 'selfie' prior to Eid prayers at a park in Manila, Philippines (via TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)

As President Obama and First Lady Michelle urged the world’s Muslims to remember that “Ramadan as a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need,” Prime Minister David Cameron, meanwhile, acknowledged a challenging month for the Muslim community this year.

In a YouTube Eid message, Mr Cameron said: “We think about what life is like right now for people across the world, for those in Syria and Iraq – families just like ours – suffering at the hands of ISIL and Assad,” and expressed his appreciation for the mosques across Britain who “have dedicated Friday sermons to remembering the victims” of this year’s terror attacks:

While the rest of the globe rushes to pray, feast, and reflect on the month gone by, what’s happening closer to home here in the UK?