THE FESTIVAL of Id-ul-Fitr, which means breaking of the month-long fast, was celebrated with warmth and gaiety in the City on Wednesday. Members of the Muslim community broke into joyous celebrations after traditional prayers were held at mosques in Khajrana, Juna Risala, Badwali Chowki, Chhavani, Jawahar Marg, Badi Gwaltoli and other places.
This included the main prayers that were offered at Sadar Bazaar in presence of Shahar Qazi Dr Isharat Ali. District Collector Vivek Aggarwal and Superintendent of Police Anshuman Yadav greeted Dr Ali after the namaz. Several rounds of greetings followed the congregational prayers.
The day began with rising early and breaking the fast by taking small quantities of food after the first normal everyday prayer.
This symbolised the end of Ramzan. Then it was time to attend congregational prayers held only for this occasion in mosques, in large open areas and stadiums or arenas. The prayer was generally short and followed by a ‘khutba’.
Worshippers greeted and embraced each other in a spirit of peace and love after the congregational prayer. After the special prayers, festivities and merriment were marked by visits to the homes of relatives and friends in thanking God for all blessings.
It was a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties. This was also an occasion to pray for peace for all Muslims in the world and to dedicate it for mutual well-being.
Id, in fact, is a day of piety, forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Muslims not only celebrate the end of fasting, but thank God for the help and strength that they believe He gave them throughout the previous month to help them practice self-control.
This happy occasion has an equally deep religious significance. The faithfuls attain inner bliss and peace after a month of fasting, which they believe keep them on righteous path all year long and thus prevent them from sins. It’s an annual rejuvination of all that humanity stands for.
As for children, its time to savour delicacies like ‘sheer khurma’, wear new clothes and get gifts from elders. Old and young continue with celebrations till late evening though the greetings are exchanged for a week.