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Eid al Adha celebrated across India with traditional fervour

Lakhs of Muslims congregated at over 500 mosques in Mumbai and suburbs to offer the morning 'Salaat ul Eid al Adha'

Monday August 12, 2019 11:26 PM, ummid.com and Agencies

Eid al Adha Prayers in Malegaon

[Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr are the two Eids celebrated by Muslims around the world. In this photo, Muslims can be seen offering Special Eid prayers at Malegaon Lashkarwali Eidgah ground. (Photo: Pappu Siddiqui)]

Eid al Adha 2019: About 20 crore Muslims in India on Monday August 12, 2019 celebrated Eid al Adha (also known as Eid ul Azha or Bakra Eid) with religious fervour and the ritual sacrifice of goats.

The 'Festival of Sacrifice' - which falls on the 10th day of the Dhul Hijjah - the last month in the Islamic calendar, also the month in which the Hajj is performed - salutes the readiness of Ibrahim, the Prophet and Messenger of God, to sacrifice his son Prpophet Ismael (may peace be upon them both) in an act of allegiance to His command.

Muslims in New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu and other states of the country offered special prayers of Eid al Adha in mosques and on Eidgah grounds. Eid al Adha prayer was also offered at the historic Jama Masjid in old Delhi.

Eid al Adha Celebration in Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, around two crore Muslims, including almost 25 lakh in Mumbai and over half a million Muslims in Malegaon, on Monday celebrated the annual festival with traditional fervour and gaiety.

Lakhs of Muslims congregated at over 500 mosques in Mumbai and suburbs to offer the morning 'Salaat ul Eid al Adha', followed by the sacrifice of the goat, amidst tight restrictions and high levels of cleanliness.

In Malegaon, besides different mosques, Muslims offered Salaat ul Eid al Adha at various Eidgah grounds of the city. While the largest congregation of Muslims was at Lashkar wali Eid gah in the camp area of Malegaon, Mohammadiya Eidgah ground had a distinction due to the special provision its management had made for female worshippers.

Salat ul Eid

[Eid al Adha is celebrated to commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and their noble son Prophet Ismael (Peace be upon all of them. (Photo: Pappu Siddiqui)]

Elsewhere in Maharashtra, Eid al Adha was celebrated with religious fervour and sacrifices in Muslim-dominated regions of Aurangabad, Beed, Latur, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Solahpur and Nagpur.

However, the celebrations were subdued in the flood-hit regions of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, and surroundings which are just emerging from the floods.

Gaiety marks Eid al Adha Celebration in Andhra, Telangana

Gaiety marked Eid-ul-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Monday.

Muslims in Hyderabad and in other towns of Telangana, and in the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh offered Eid prayers and sacrificed goats or cattle commemorating the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim.

Lakhs of Muslims offered prayers at hundreds of mosques and at Eidgahs in Hyderabad and 30 other districts of Telangana and all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh.

The day began with Muslims attired in their best, offering Eid prayers. The imams offered 'dua' (supplication) for peace in the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions are in force following scrapping of Article 370. 'Dua' was also offered for the people of flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and other states.

The biggest congregation in Hyderabad was held at the historic Mir Alam Eidgah, where over one lakh Muslims offered prayers led by Maulana Mohammed Rizwan Qureshi.

The historic Makkah Masjid, Madannapet Eidgah, Hockey Ground Masab Tank and Military Ground Mehdipatnam witnessed other big congregations. Prayers were also held at hundreds of mosques in the city.

Kerala floods make Eid al Adha low key affair

With rains and subsequent floods battering Kerala for the past few days, Eid al Adha celebrations in various parts of the state on Monday was a low key affair, which started and ended with prayers.

Of the 3.34 crore Kerala population, Muslims account for 88.73 lakh. A large number of Muslims live in districts like Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode which are the worst flood affected areas.

Over 1,25 lakh people are living in relief camps. Hence, it was just the routine morning prayers for them.

Clerics across the state addressed the gathering at mosques and urged them to extend a helping hand to the flood victims.

Meghalaya Muslims Too Celebrate Eid al Adha

Thousands of men and children offered prayers at Eidgahs and mosques in Shillong, Dawki, Nongpoh, Lad Rymbai and Byrnihat and the Garo Hills of Meghalaya, predominantly a Christian state.

The biggest congregation was at the Eidgah at the country's first glass mosque, the Madina Masjid in Shillong, where over 10,000 people gathered together to offer prayers.

Salaat ul Eid

[After the prayers, Muslims sacrificed goats and other "halal" animals to commemorate the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim. The meat of the sacrificed animals is distributed among neighbours, relatives and the poor. (Photo: Pappu Siddiqui)]

"We prayed for peace and harmony in our country and in the world so that people from across religious faiths live in peace," Shillong Muslim Union General Secretary Alhaj Sayeedullah Nongrum said.

After the prayers, Muslims sacrificed goats and other "halal" animals to commemorate the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim. The meat of the sacrificed animals is distributed among neighbours, relatives and the poor.

Eid al Adha Celebrations in West Bengal, Assam

People of West Bengal and Assam on Monday joined the nation in celebrating Eid al-Adha with gaiety amid heavy security arrangements.

Attired in traditional clothes, Muslims poured out on to the street to take part in special prayers and greeted one another. The biggest turnout was at the arterial Indira Gandhi Sarani (Red Road) in Kolkata, where thousands offered prayers. Another big congregation was seen at Nakhoda mosque in the Chitpur area of the city.

Everyone exchanged greetings and hugged each other. People from other communities also extended good wishes to their Muslim friends.

Eid al Adha in Kashmir, amidst restrictions

Amid massive security arrangements and restrictions, Eid prayers concluded peacefully in all parts of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on Monday, after the revocation of Article 370 that granted the state a special status.

The prayers began at 7 a.m. and continued till noon in some places. The movement of people was facilitated by the police.

There were large congregations in mosques in Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Trehgam, Sopore, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Awantipora, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Budgam. In Jammu, over 5,000 people prayed at the Eidgah, while in Baramulla around 10,000 people offered namaz at the Jamia Masjid.

However, Jammu's Residency Road Eidgah, one of the oldest in the city, wore a deserted look. "Most local Muslims preferred to offer prayers at their homes," Sheikh Hasin told IANS. "This was for the first time police men were profiling every person at the Eidgah by clicking their pictures on mobile phones," he added.

In Srinagar, prayers were offered in hundreds of local mosques, after large congregations were restricted in sensitive areas.

Muslims Celebrate Eid al Adha across Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh

Eid al-Adha was celebrated by the Muslims on Monday with religious fervour across Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

A large number of people belonging to the community congregated at 51 mosques and the Eidgah in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur and offered special prayers and later greeted each other.

In Madhya Pradesh, thousands of Muslims who were dressed in traditional attires, offered prayers at mosques, including at Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal - one of Asia's largest mosques - and greeted each other on the occasion.

In the morning, people offered `namaz' at Idgah and later at different mosques, including, Jama Masajid and Moti Masjid in Bhopal. "After offering prayers for peace, happiness and brotherhood at Taj-ul-Masajid, we performed other rituals, PTI reported.

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