Terror mutes Eid festivities
The Muslim community across the country came together to condemn the terror attacks in Mumbai. Imams at various mosques used the occasion of the Id-ul-Zuha namaaz on Tuesday to denounce terror and pray for peace and harmony in the country.india Updated: Dec 10, 2008 00:08 IST
The Muslim community across the country came together to condemn the terror attacks in Mumbai. Imams at various mosques used the occasion of the Id-ul-Zuha namaaz on Tuesday to denounce terror and pray for peace and harmony in the country.
“The Mumbai attack was an attack on the nation and we condemn it,” Imam Mohammed Yaqub of Masjid Khalilullaha in Jamia Nagar in Delhi, where the Batla House encounter had taken place, said.
Namaaz-e-Janaaza (mourning prayer) was also offered at various mosques for those who lost their lives in Mumbai. Thousands of devout Muslims across the country wore black armbands to protest the attacks. The celebrations were also markedly muted as a mark of respect to those who died in the 26/11 attacks.
In his sermon, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, too, spoke out against the attacks. “We condemn the act of terror. And Pakistan’s involvement has given Muslims a bad name,” he said, adding: “but we also feel there were serious intelligence lapses on the government’s part.”
In Mumbai, one of the biggest prayers took place at Azad Maidaan, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Starting from as early as 7.30 a.m., thousands gathered at the ground to offer prayers. “The prayer ended with the Maulana sahab telling us to maintain peace and harmony,” said Nazim Mallick, one of the faithful.
Condemnation of Pakistan, too, was a recurring theme. At Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata, Shahi Imam Maulana Noorur Rehman Barkati said: “The Indian government should destroy terror camps wherever they are in Pakistan.”
The imam of Bandra Mosque in Mumbai quoted a Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) and a verse from the Quran to drive home the point that terrorists, who killed in the name of Islam, were not true believers.
Addressing a huge gathering at the Eidgah in Lucknow, Naib Imam Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli called upon the devout to be ready to fight for the country. “Terrorism has assumed serious dimensions and Muslims should be ready to lay down their lives for the nation,” he said. Condemning the Mumbai attack, he added that “any Muslim involved in terrorism is not a Muslim at all”, and led a prayer for the elimination of terrorism from the country.
Sharaf Zaidi, a management trainee with Standard Chartered Bank in Mumbai, was one of those who wore black armbands. “As a Mumbaikar, I want to register my protest by wearing this,” he said.
In Hyderabad, the faithful consciously kept their celebrations subdued. “Our family used to sacrifice five goats but this time we restricted ourselves to three. We also did not buy new clothes,” said Mohammed Iqbal, a businessman.
This sentiment found an echo across the country. Said Amir Noori of Mumbai: “We have given food to the poor as usual, but will not have any big family get-together as we do every other year. No one in the community feels like celebrating.”
Inputs from Nazia Alvi, Ritika Chopra, Mou Chakraborty, M. Hasan, Ashok Das
First Published: Dec 10, 2008 00:07 IST