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Special prayers, rituals mark Id festivity

india Updated: Jan 02, 2007 16:36 IST

THE MUSLIM community in the City and neighbouring Mhow celebrated Bakrid in a traditional manner on Monday. As per their religious belief, Muslims participated in prayers in the various mosques this morning to mark the anniversary of the day when the holy Quran was declared complete.

The early morning Namaz was held at mosques at Khajrana, MG Road and several open prayer places in the City. Thousands offered the morning prayers on an empty stomach as per the ritual. Some also offered ‘Do Rakat Namaz’ between sunrise and noon and recited Takbir aloud before eating.

Goats garlanded, decorated and fed for this occasion were sacrificed after the prayers. As per common belief, each true Muslim who possesses wealth equal to or more than 400 grams of gold or is capable of affording two square meals a day is expected to sacrifice an animal. Some even slaughtered camels apart from goats and distributed meat among poor people, relatives and family.

Congress Reserve Force celebrated the festival by treating Shahar Qazi Dr Ishrat Ali in a royal manner. The Force took him from Raj Mohalla to Sadar Bazar mosque in a chariot drawn by horses and accompanied by several people.

Congress Reserve Force convener R C Salvadia informed that they had been following this tradition for 42 years as a symbol of secularism.

This was also a day for people to wear new clothes, visit each other and exchange greetings. Ceremonial prayers and feasts were held in all areas of the City with majority of Muslim population.

Id was also celebrated with gaiety in Mhow. The main ‘namaz’ was held at Idgah ground situated on the Agra-Bombay Road near Kishanganj and also at the mosques of Tall Mohalla, Gokulganj and Kirmani Mohalla.

About 3,000 devout gathered at Idgah ground to perform ‘namaz’ at 8 am. Shahar Qazi of Mhow Moulana Ibrahim read the namaz while Mufti of Mhow Jabir Mohammad performed Namaj Ata rituals.

Mhow administration officials had made special arrangements, as the main task it faces is to stop the traffic of Agra-Bombay Road for more than three hours. Idgah ground is on the highway and as the it does not have enough space, the devout line up outside the ground and even stand on the main road to perform Id prayers.

For this, a meeting of the Peace Committee was held at Mhow police station in which ASP Manish Kapuriya, SDO (Police) Guruprasad Parashar, Mhow TI Ashok Rang Shahi and eminent citizens of Mhow took part. As a tradition, it is finalised in this meeting before every Id to stop traffic movement for the duration of Id prayers.