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Holy night: The faithful offering Magrib prayers at Swalat Nagar in Malappuram on Wednesday evening. Thousands of Muslims gathered there anticipating the blessings of Lailathul Qadr, the holiest night of the Hijra year.

(Photo: The Hindu)

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Malegaon: 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 Lailathul Qadr, 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.


The organisers claimed it to be the largest mass Iftar in the country, writes The Hindu.


Several 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 Iftar.


The day’s programme began with an Itekaf (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 followed.


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 Hindu.

















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