MuslIms in the Caucasus region, and world-wide, are marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the start of the feast of Eid el fitr.
In Azerbaijan, Namaz prayers were said in mosques on Wednesday morning.
At the Tezapir Mosque in Baku, the prayers were led by Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Bureau, who is considered as the most senior Islamic cleric in the Caucasus.
In Azerbaijan, as well as in other parts of the Caucasus there are both Shia and Sunni Muslims.
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: In Azerbaijan, Namaz prayers were said in mosques on Wednesday morning, morking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan and the start of the Eid celebrations.
The events of 20 January marked the final break of Soviet power with the people of Azerbaijan. After 20 January the Communist Party was completely discredited. Azerbaijani statehood was restored by a decision of the Azerbaijani parliament on 18 October 1991 - although independence only followed the collapse of the USSR at the end of that year.
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