WITH OFFERING of Namaz, Id was celebrated with enthusiasm and fervour in the City on Wednesday. Devotees in large numbers, wearing traditional white clothes and Islami topis offered prayers in mosques around the City. The festival was celebrated peacefully; no untoward incident was reported even from adjoining areas.
The first Namaz on Wednesday was offered at Idgah, with the formal address (Qutba) by the Shahar Qazi Abdul Latif. After offering the special Namaz of the day, the Qazi prayed for peace, harmony and brotherhood of the nation.
“The greatest asset is service to mankind, especially to those who are in distress. Offering prayer to the Allah, provides us strength to follow the path of honesty anda goodness,” he added.
Followed by it, Namaz was offered at Taj ul Masajid, Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid and others. This Id witnessed a large congregation of devotees at Idgah, reportedly larger in number than previous years. Due to paucity of space, a large number of devotees offered Namaz outside the Idgah.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Minister Suresh Pachauri, Congress leaders Subhash Yadav, City Mayor Sunil Sood and chairman of State Minority Commission Mohd Anwar Khan and others also visited Idgah to greet people.
While greeting a large number of Muslim devotees, the Chief Minister wished that the festival of Id-ul-Fitr would bring well-being to society. He urged all classes in society to strive together to bring progress to the State.
Additional Shahar Qazi, Ameerullah Khan wished the forthcoming Aalmi Tabligi Ijtima to be held in Bhopal a grand success and urged that communal harmony be maintained during the period.
The tempo of Id celebration could well be gauged by the over-whelming turnover the City markets received till 4 am on Wednesday.
Throughout the night men and women from the Muslim community were busy making last minute purchases. Despite restrictions on entry of vehicles at Charbatti Chowraha in Budhwara, the huge rush made it virtually difficult even for pedestrians to move ahead.
According to traders and hawkers, business turnover in one night was more than that registered throughout the year. Markets in the Old City turned into a carnival, due to the stupendous response from buyers.
The Chief Minister and other prominent leaders visits to residences of some prominent Muslim community figures was seen as an important strategy for the forthcoming by-election.
Police played an important role in maintaining peace and smooth functioning of the celebration on Wednesday. A large police force was deployed at Idgah and other mosques, and various squares in the City.
“We took special care this time, to make both Diwali and Id – a peaceful celebration. Apart from the City, police security was beefed up in the neighbouring semi-urban and rural areas,” Superintendent of Police, Anant Kumar Singh told Hindustan Times. “Rather, I would say, the amiable atmosphere had been due to the citizens and their increasing faith on police,” he added.