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Billions of Muslims around the globe are celebrating Eid al-Adha with
gaiety. The day is observed to mark the sacrifices made to to Almighty Allah by
the Biblical Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail (Peace be upon them).
While the countries in Gulf and other
parts of the world including some southern Indian states celebrated
the day yesterday, rest of India and South Asia are celebrating Eid
Muslims sacrificed the animals in a mark
of respect and homage, and to
commemorate the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim and his
son Prophet Ismail to Allah. Prophet Ibrahim had offered his son
Prophet Ismail to Almighty Allah. Allah had accepted His beloved
Prophet's sacrifice and bestowed on him a heavenly goat.
In the Nationa
Capital, New Delhi, hundreds of
Muslims today offered prayers at Fatehuri Masjid in the old Delhi
area on the occasion. Mosque Shahi Imam
Maulana Mufti Mukkaram Ahmed led the prayers.
gathering, Mr Ahmed appealed to all Muslims to follow the right path
showed by the Prophet Mohammed and follow the 'sunnah of Prophet
Ibrahim and be ready to sacrifice everything for the sake of Allah.
with religious fervour and traditional enthusiasm in Andhra Pradesh
today. The festival, which coincides with Haj pilgrimage to Makkah,
was celebrated with pomp and show in Hyderabad, especially in the
older parts of the city.
were organised at the Mir Aalam dargah. Devout Muslims gave alms,
fed poor people and cared for less privileged people, creating bonds
of friendship and love among the people. The most important ritual
of Eid al-Adha is the sacrifice of goat, which symbolises utter
devotion to Allah or the supreme.
Muslims in the
Union Territory of Puducherry also celebrated Eid al-Adha with
religious fervour and enthusiasm. People, clad in new dresses,
thronged different mosques to have 'Niskars' to mark the occasion.
Governor Iqbal Singh, Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, his cabinet
colleagues and leaders of different political parties greeted the
people on the occasion.
In Jammu &
Kashmir, prayers, exchange of sweets and hugs marked the
celebrations of Eid-Ul-Azha (Eid) commonly known as Bakr-Id in the
Jamia Masjid and Idgah this morning and offered prayers for peace
and communal harmony in the state.
People flooded the
markets and purchased assorted items including the delicacies and
were sprung up to woo the shoppers with mutton, poultry, bakery
products, sweets, ready-made garments, toys and many other items.
colorful dresses, children asked for Eidi from the relatives while
people exchanged sweets and gifts among friends and loved ones.
On this Eid I
prayed for peace and brotherhood in the state and across the world
so that people maintain harmony and live in tranquility, Muzamil
said after offering prayers at Idgah.
Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also extended
greetings on the happy and auspicious occasion.
(With inputs from UNI)