Holiday Draws Thousands of Muslims in Moscow

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More than 100,000 Muslims gathered in Moscow to celebrate the religious holiday Eid al-Adha over the weekend, Moscow police reported.

When the mosques were full people spilled out onto the streets. Officials say 80,000 people reportedly gathered outside of the city's main mosque.

"We, Russian Muslims, are proud of our fatherland, Russia," head of the Council of Muftis, Ravil Gainutdin, was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency Sunday.

"And we are trying to make Russia proud of us, our culture and our contribution to the modernization and development of our state," he said.
The number of Muslims living in the Russian capital are estimated to be anywhere between 2 million to 5 million.

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