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The Swalat Nagar
at Melmuri near
Malappuram in Kerala
turned into a sea of humanity on Wednesday evening as thousands of
Muslims gathered there anticipating the blessings of
the holiest night of the Hijra year. The prayer meeting, organised
by the Ma’dinus Saquafatil Islamiyya as part of its Swalat
anniversary, is considered as one of the largest Muslim gatherings
across the globe.
According to the
report published in The Hindu, the evening witnessed a mass
Iftar on the Ma’din grounds as hundreds of people who came
from distant places broke their fast at the call of Maghrib prayer
by the azaan from the minarets of the Ma’din Grand Mosque.
claimed it to be the largest mass Iftar in the country, writes
dignitaries, including Inspector-General of Police (north zone) B.S.
Mohammed Yasin, District Superintendent of Police M. Patmanabhan, M.
Ummer, MLA, and Malappuram municipal chairman Kiliyamannil Yakoob,
attended the mass
programme began with an
(confining inside the mosque) in the morning followed by the noon
and afternoon prayers. A mass Janaza prayer, Tasbeeh and Awwabeen
prayers followed the mandatory Maghrib prayer. The crowds began to
swell by the time the Ishah,
Tarawih and Vithr prayers were held.
A.K. Abdul Hameed,
programme convener and former chairman of the State Haj Committee,
welcomed the gathering. Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar, general
secretary of the All India Jamiatul Ulema, inaugurated the
function. Sayed Ali Bafaqui Thangal led the inaugural prayer.
Sayed Abdurahman Al Bukhari, president
of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, presided over the
function. He led the Nariyyath Swalat, Naseehath, and the prayer.
Sayed Umerul Farooq Al Bukhari made
the introductory remarks for the Haddad Ratheeb. Sayed Husain Shihab
Atakoya Thangal and Sayed Yousuful Bukhari led the prayers that
Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari,
chairman of the Ma’dinu Ssaquafathil Islamiyya, delivered the
keynote address. Tens of thousands of people chorused as Bukhari
administered a pledge to serve humanity.
As many as 10
grounds were prepared to accommodate the people. Six of them were
exclusively for women. Extensive parking arrangements were made.
Over a lakh food packets were distributed for dinner, reports The