Mangalore, Aug 8: After a month of fasting Muslims community people of Mangalore gathered at Idgah mosque at Lighthouse Hill and at the Noor Masjid to offer the special Eid Namaz, here on Thursday August 8th.
Eid is also called as the Sugar Feast and it is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide during the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day and Muslims are not permitted to fast that day. This feast begins after seeing the shawwal moon during the end of this month.
Today, After the Namaz, the city was seen with people swarming the streets and children gleaming with their new outfits. On this occasion Muslims embraced each other and visited their relatives and friends and exchanged greetings and well wishes. They also distributed sweets and charity to the poor and the less fortunate on this feast. Families were also busy preparing elaborate meals to celebrate the festival.
Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the month of Ramadan, was celebrated with utmost joy and devotion. Ramadan marks the end of a month filled with devout prayer, the act of giving and a time of abstinence from food and water. The message delivered on this occasion called for long lasting peace and harmony among all people and prosperity for all.
Greeting the Muslim community Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader said that this is an opportunity to the Muslim fraternity to show brotherhood, harmony, peace and love. The one month fasting will strengthen the Muslims to lead their rest of 11 months of the year in peace, harmony and prosperity and to be model to other communities and wished every one for Eid day.
By: Sathish Kapikad