The footagefrom the drone's camera shows line after line of worshippers praying before themosque. The drone launches from street level and circles the Grand Mosque,located in the north of the city, which is entering the final stages of itsconstruction.
Islam isthe second-most widely followed religion in Russia, with an estimated 14percent of Russians listing themselves to be of Muslim faith. Eid al-Fitr, theFeast of the Breaking of the Fast, is celebrated by Muslims around the world tomark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
PresidentVladimir Putin congratulated Russia's Muslims on the occasion of the holiday onFriday, with a press statement released on the Kremlin's website noting thatEid al-Fitr "is infused with deep spiritual significance and the joy ofstrengthening one's faith and acquiring invaluable new experience of moralcleansing." The president emphasized the positive role Muslimorganizations have played in Russian life, noting that "they are steadilydeveloping their cooperation with state and public organizations and pay muchattention to charity and educational initiatives." Putin also praisedRussia's clergy, who have "resolutely opposed attempts by extremists ofvarious types to pervert Islam's values and to sow the seeds of hatred andintolerance."