ID-UL-ZUHA was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety across the State on Monday. Special Id prayers were offered at all the major mosques in different cities. At many places anti-US protests were held with protesters condemning US President Bush for the execution of Saddam Hussein. Bush’s effigies were set on fire at several places.
Reports of Id celebration came from Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar and many other cities. People exchanged greetings after the Id prayers. Men, women and children in their new clothes visited their elders and well-wishers to seek their blessings on the occasion. Elders gave ‘idi’ to the youngsters.
In Sagar, the Muslims burnt the effigies of President Bush and local Congress leader Vittalbhai Patel, who allegedly supported the hanging of Saddam.
In Gwalior special ‘namaz’ was offered at Jama Masjid, Masjid Hajarat, Masjid Usmani, Moti masjid and other mosques. Reports from Morena, Bhind, Shivpuri and other places said that the festival was celebrated with enthusiasm.
Leaders of all political parties greeted the people on the occasion.
In Indore and neighbouring Mhow the festival was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm and gaiety. Muslims participated in prayers in all the mosques in the morning to mark the anniversary of completion of the Holy Qoran.
Mosques at Khajrana, M G Road and several open air venues were packed with the devout. Several devout offered ‘Do Bakat Namaz’ between sunrise and noon and recited Takbir.
Decorated goats were sacrificed after the prayers. Congress reserve force celebrated the festival by offering a grand honour to Sahar Qazi Dr Ishrat Ali. The Qazi was taken in a chariot from Raj Mohalla to Sadar Bazar Mosque. This event is being held by the force since the past 42 years.