Eid celebrated with fervour in Kashmir
4 November 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Excelsior Special Correspondent
Srinagar: Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramzan, was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety across Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region today. Muslims in large number offered Eid prayers at various mosques across the Srinagar city and other parts of the Valley. Thanksgiving prayers were offered in Idgahs, Jamia mosques and open fields across the Valley and Kargil and Leh divisions. The main Eid prayers were held at the Hazratbal shrine and the historic Jamia Masjid here where thousands of people attended the congregation. Former Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah and National Conference president Omar Abdullah offered their Eid prayers at Hazratbal. The outgoing Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed also offered Eid Namaz at Hazratbal shrine. Soon after the Eid prayers at Hazratbal, people raised slogans in favour of Dr Farooq Abdullah that caused embarrassing situation for Mufti Mohd Sayeed. Sensing the response of the people towards his National Conference, Dr Abdullah, again visited Hazratbal shrine in the afternoon to offer Friday prayers as well. The Eid prayers were also held in the Polo Grounds here after more than 16 years. The prayers could not be held during all these years due to security reasons. On the occasion of the Eid, people, particularly children, in colourful dresses were seen visiting their relatives and exchanging gifts on the occasion. Security forces were also seen greeting Muslims near their bunkers and on the road. A large number of children were seen visiting parks and bursting crackers in the city. Police said there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the Valley and Eid prayers were held peacefully. However, the Eid-ul-Fitr this year is being celebrated in the backdrop of the devastation caused by the October 8 earthquake. Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq spent the occasion with the earthquake affected people of Uri. He led the Eid prayers there. Addressing the congregation, Umar Farooq announced that the Jamia Masjid Uri will be reconstructed shortly without the assistance of the authorities. Shia Muslims offered Eid prayers at various Imam Bargahs across the Valley. Major congregations were held at historic Imam Bargah of Budgam, Zadibal, Ahmedpur Magam and Chattergam. Reports from district headquarters of Anantnag, Baramulla, Kupwara, Pulwama and Budgam said that large number of Muslims offered Eid prayers at these places. Eid prayers were also offered at major towns of Sopore, Kulgam, Bijbehara and Bandipur as well. Reports from Leh said that Eid-ul Fitr was celebrated in the town with religious fervour. Eid Namaz was offered at Idgah Leh where thousands of devotees registered their presence. The Eid Namaz was performed under Moulvi Ghulam Mohammad. The second biggest congregation of Eid-ul-Fitr was performed at Immambara Leh where Immamat was performed by Sheikh Mirza. On the occasion of Eid, special prayers were offered for world peace and solidarity with the earthquake victims was expressed. At Chhushot Yokma , a large number of women offered Eid Namaz where the Immamat was performed by Sheikh Nasir.