Thousands of devotees offered the morning namaz at Jama Masjid, Field Gunj, to mark Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday.
The day marked the conclusion of the holy fasting month of Ramazan for Muslims. Celebrations, with firecrackers and warm greetings, began on Thursday night after sighting of the moon. The celebrations at the mosque were joined by representatives of political parties.
Hira Singh Gabria, chairman, District Development and Planning Board; mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria mayor; Sardar Pritpal Singh, president, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib; Kulwant Singh Dukhiya, senior Akali leader, and Ludhiana Congress MLA Rakesh Pandey, along with Shahi Imam Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi took part in the celebrations, among many others.
Rehman said the day came as an annual reminder to every Muslim of the many gifts of the Almighty.
“Today, Western countries want to associate Islam with terrorism. To fight this notion, all Muslims must join hands and send out the message that Islam is a religion of love and brotherhood,” he said.
Gabria, while wishing the Muslim community a happy Eid, said he was proud of the fact that India was the biggest secular country in the world and allowed every citizen to follow his or her faith.
Mayor Gohalwaria said Jama Masjid was a symbol of peace and brotherhood for all citizens of Ludhiana.
Hoping that the joyous festival would strengthen the bond among citizens and bring peace as well as prosperity, other dignitaries too conveyed their Eid wishes.
Apart from the Jama Masjid, mass prayers were held at various mosques, followed by warm exchange of greetings and embrace.