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15,000 set for Eid celebrations
Up to 15,000 people have been given a message of peace between communities at the largest Eid celebration in the UK marking the end of Ramadan.
Thousands of believers gathered at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, south London - the largest mosque in western Europe.
The Eid celebration, which follows a month of fasting for Muslims, was organised for the British-based Islamic group Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK. The group has been praised for its commitment to peaceful co-existence and charitable works.
His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad - the Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya, a figure similar to the Pope in Catholicism - delivered an hour-long sermon shown live on television to more than nine million people and translated into seven languages.
Rafiq Hyat, national president of the Ahmadiyya community in the UK, said the group's main message on Eid was one of peace.
"His Holiness has always encouraged all the various communities to come together in peaceful dialogue and try and achieve peace in this world through justice," he said.
"He feels the only way we are going to have peace in this world is if there is justice from all sides and once we have justice we will have peace."
Asked about life as a Muslim in the UK following the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby by Islamist extremists in May, Mr Hyat said: "I have lived in London most of my life and I feel that London is one of the most tolerant cities in the world now, it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities.
"I think there is generally an understanding that these people that do such acts are just pure criminals, they have nothing to do with the faith. In fact in this mosque 5,000 people gathered to say prayers for Drummer Lee Rigby's family after his demise.
"We stood shoulder to shoulder with the British people to mourn the death of one of our soldiers. The people who committed the crime have no idea of what their faith teaches because the word Islam itself means peace."