Eid-ul-fitr was celebrated in Indore with traditional fervour and gaiety except for a few protests over the situation in Gaza.
Muslims offer namaz amid protests over Gaza killings. (Amit K Jaiswal/HT photo)
Muslims offered namaz at different mosques across the city. However, at the mosque at Patel Square, Muslims offered namaz wearing black bands while children carried placards asking Israeli militants to stop killing and save humanity.
After the namaz and exchange of pleasantries, Muslims under the banner of Anjuman Islahul Muslemin, handed over a memorandum addressed to the President, Prime Minister and chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, demanding stoppage of carnage.
The memorandum expressed surprise over India's silence on the issue. "We have strong business relations with Central Asia (Arab). Our country is powerful and it should put pressure on Israeli militants to put an end to genocide of Palestinians," said the memorandum signed by association's president Munir Ahmed Khan and he hoped the Centre will intervene so that peace is established in Asia.
The main namaz was conducted at Sadar Bazar mosque by city qazi Ishrat Ali. He asked the Muslim community to desist from organising costly marriage ceremonies. "We should avoid pomp and show. Instead, we can use the money for the education of poor children or use that money for sending the poor on haj," he said.
Several political leaders including City Congress president Pramod Tandon, former MLAs Kripashankar Shukla and Ashwin Joshi were present on the occasion to offer their wishes.
Eid celebrated in Indore jails
Special arrangements were made for family members and relatives of Muslim prisoners lodged in central and district jails of the city so that they could meet.
Central jail superintendent Gopal Tambrekar said family members of Muslim prisoners were allowed to meet for 15 minutes under watchful eyes of jail officials. There are 300 Muslim prisoners lodged in Central jail at present. More than 2,200 people came to meet them.
District jail superintendent Shefali Tiwari said around 100 jail inmates are lodged in district jail and their relatives were allowed to meet them till 2pm. The jail administration has also arranged special food for them. "They were served sewai while in evening the prisoners were also given poori and halwa," said Tambekar.