With joy and prayers, Muslims celebrate Eid in India

New Delhi, Jul 29: Millions of Muslims on Tuesday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr across India with joy and devotion, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi praying for “unity and brotherhood in our nation”. In innumerable urban and rural centres, Muslims poured into mosques and large open grounds and offered Eid prayers to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Eid prayers were also offered at the 17th century Taj Mahal. Barring the Kashmir Valley, where youths clashed with security forces for a few hours, the day was celebrated peacefully and with visible joy all across the country. With over 170 million Muslims, India is home to the third largest Islamic population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan.Modi, who became prime minister only two months ago, greeted the nation on the occasion. “May this auspicious day strengthen the bonds of peace, unity and brotherhood across our nation,” he said.

Islamic scholars underlined the importance of Eid.”It is a festival of peace and love. The sacrosanct occasion teaches people to subside the feeling of hatred and discrimination,” Ashraf Usmani of Darul Uloom, India’s most influential Islamic seminary, told IANS. Maulana Mufti Mukarram, the Naib Imam of Fatehpuri mosque in Old Delhi, said: “It is an occasion when everyone irrespective of religious or social barriers must endorse the message of peace and love.” Attired in new clothes and wearing skull caps, men and children thronged Eidgahs and mosques for namaz.

In many mosques, special prayers were held for peace in Gaza, where Israel’s targeting of the Hamas has left hundreds, mainly civilians, dead. The biggest Eid gatherings were reported from Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. After the morning prayers, sweets were exchanged with friends and families. Muslims embraced one another with greetings of “Eid Mubarak”.

Guests were treated to ‘sheer khorma’ (special sweet made of vermicelli, milk and dry fruits) and other dishes. The festivities extended to the India-Pakistan border in Punjab where Pakistan Rangers offered sweets to the Border Security Force. The Indians and Pakistanis then hugged one another at the border gates. Muslims across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh celebrated Eid with religious fervour and gaiety — and with prayers for the dead in Gaza.

Many families celebrated with simplicity in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. Every Muslim family paid Fitra or charity (Rs.80 to Rs.100) on behalf of each member as per the Islamic rules so that the poor can also celebrate the festival. The Kashmir Valley celebrated Eid with the usual religious fervour after the morning festivities were marred by clashes between youths and security forces.

Once peace returned to the valley in the afternoon, people exchanged Eid greetings with families and friends in Srinagar and all major towns in the valley. Children burst firecrackers. The serenity was visible in Uttar Pradesh too. However, security forces kept a vigil in both Saharanpur and Rampur which have been hit by communal violence.

In Kerala, where Muslims account for a quarter of the 33 million people, the biggest gatherings took place in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kannur. In most cities, the prayers took place in grounds and stadiums. In Delhi too, tens of thousands of Muslims thronged mosques. “People prayed for peace and progress in the country,” Maulana Mufti Mukarram, the Naib Imam of Fatehpuri, told IANS.

The scenes were no different in Kolkata. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted Eid greetings on her Facebook page. ”It is very important to maintain the sanctity of the festival throughout life. All sorts of bad thought, bad behaviour need to be cleansed from the system,” Akhtarul Wasey, senior professor of Islamic Studies at the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, told IANS.

(With contributions from Rupesh Dutta, Sheikh Qayoom, Anil Sharma, Mohit Dubey, Imran Khan, Sahana Ghosh, Jatindra Dash, Mohd. Shafeeq, Fakir Balaji, Jaideep Sarin, Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, Sanu George, V. Jagannathan, Rahul Vaishnavi, Brij Khandelwal.)

  • Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    Eid Mubarak to all our fellow citizens across our country and beyond. God bless.

  • sunil joshi

    This EID is a Black EID for Muslims all over the World it is a EID of Mourning those who took part in the riots of Saharanpur are the worst criminals as they will be sent to HELL , that they are fanatics and hypocrites as they killed and looted the Hindus and Sikhs in Saharanpur. One of the ISI agent Moharram Ali allegedly incited a mob to pelt stones and fire at the Sikhs killing them , one Hindu boy Rinku was killed by Muslim boys with a cricket bat these unruly Muslim MOB was jeering and provoking the Hindus and the Sikhs and forced the Hindu families out of their homes and burnt their shops and homes . They also tried to enter Sikh Homes but the Sikh Men & Women were brave to face them had opened fire at Sahastra Pal, a constable who is battling for his life in a city hospital. Danish, Mohd Irshad, Mohd Abid, Mohd Shahid and Haji Mohammed Irfan have also been arrested for inciting and abetting violence. Instigated Muslims from Kashmir , Muzaffarnagar, and Saharanpur took part in the Violent clashes had erupted between Sikhs and Muslims in Saharanpur India should kick out all these MUSLIM Goondas as A new day never dawns for the Muslim Extremists of the Congress Party , they should count their blessings living in the multicultural community of our Country India , irrespective of their caste or religion.If they would have been in Gaza , Karachi, Mosul ,Kabul they would be eating their own SHIT ! right Now. Their leader Pappu Ali and Imran Masood and their coward Muslim ISI agents are the instigators of Saharanpur riots is now under investigation by the CBI . His information has also been given to the INTERPOL to check his connections with the ISI Agents and his counterparts in Pakistan . Prophet Muhammad. is the real KAFIR as only a Kafir and his Kafir followers kill each otehr as the Sunnis are killing the Shias , One Muslim cleric said that Prophet Muhammad. had created the ISLAM religion out of Camel’s Shit . Today you can see it for real there is Muslim SHIT all over the world. It is only in the Muslims that a Muslim rapes his sisters daughter as young as 10 years old and then marries her that is the reason so many rapes are taking place in UP under Akhilesh’s very nose and he knows about is and is helpless same like Prophet Muhammad. If Prophet Muhammad was alive today he would have kicked the ass of all these Muslim rioters and made them eat SHIT as well. The day of judgement is not far for instigators like Imran Masood , Pappu Ali and these types can be found everywhere. They are the real Goonda of the Congress Party . The Congress party is creating riots in India with the help of Muslim extremists Saeed sects of Pakistan .They also intigated riots against their own Muslims in Muzzafurpur , which people are not aware . Indians especially Hindus and Sikh Community has the support of the BJP and aims to take to task these Congress Goondas and Muslim rioters Modi has already taken Akhilesh’s Govt to task, Other state and local governments, as well as other Sikh & Hindu organisations and institutions have joined forces to take a stand against these communal Muslims in UP and to stop them. The Hindu and Sikhs will join hands Council will act to assist and promote the activities of harmony and expose the Goondas of the Congress. The BJP is a just and secular governence under Mr.Modi and it will not allow such riots by the Muslim rioters and the Congress Goondas to create disharmony in UP or elsewhere . Jai Hind . – Sunil Joshi (Director) Epoch Distribution Pvt Ltd, Epoch Towers, Noida, UP Tel 91-9560027575