Jul 30, 2014, 6:37 AM
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Praying for Gazans, Indian Muslims celebrated Eid with fervor

New Delhi, July 29, IRNA – While praying for Gazans, Indian Muslims Tuesday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the culmination of holy fasting month of Ramazan, across India with fervor and gaiety.

On the eve of Eid, an umbrella Muslim body of West Bengal, Milli Ittehad Parishad called on the people to protest against the Israeli attack by to holding black flags and wearing black band on their hands while observing the Eid-ul-Fitr throughout the state.

Several Muslim intellectuals and clerics of the state addressing a joint press conference at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, capital of the state urged the government to condemn the Israeli attacks on innocent Palestinian civilians and released a memorandum for the United Nations, the TwoCircles.net reported.

The program was attended by several other human rights activists. They demanded to lift the siege blockade of Gaza and to make Israel accountable for the loss of lives and properties.

On Eid day, millions of Muslims flocked to mosques and 'Eidgahs' across the country to offer special Eid prayer. Clerics who led the prayers gave out the messages of unity, fraternity and compassion and prayed for peace and prosperity of the country, the region and the world. They also referred to the Gaza situation.

Strongly condemning the Israeli act of genocide in Gaza, the clerics said that what the Israel is doing in Gaza is tantamount to genocide. Extending solidarity with the Palestinians they castigated the World body and the international community for their 'criminal silence' and urged the peace-loving countries to unitedly stand against Israel’s crime against humanity.

Israel's fiercest attack on Gaza, the most populated area in the world located in 360 a square kilometer radius with 1.8 million people, has so far killed more than 1000 Palestinians including women, children and the elderly folks.

According to reports, the UN is currently caring for 182,604 Palestinians in its 82 shelters in Gaza.

In national capital Delhi, the Eid Prayers were held at historical Jama Masjid, Fatehpur, Masjid Shiian Kashmiri Gate and Eidgah.

The Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Mufti Dr. Mukarram Ahmed, addressing the worshippers, expressed deep concern for the killings in the Middle East and Palestine and said it is unfortunate that human beings are killing each other without any right reason and it should be stopped for ever.

He appealed to the UN and the US to stop Israel from attacking on the Palestinian civilians and said that the unleashed Israeli terrorism must be checked and stopped without any delay.

The Muslim countries, and India should also undertake influential steps to establish peace in the entire region. The worshippers, led by Dr. Mukarram, too, prayed for the innocent Palestinians. In Kashmir there were few stray protests over the situation in Gaza.

Soon after the 'Namaz' (prayer) was over at the mosques, the people hugged each other and wished 'Eid Mubarak' (Merry Eid), exchanged gifts and enjoyed special dishes, particularly 'sewayian' made of vermicelli.

Elders gave 'Eidee' (token money) to the children. The people visited relatives and gave out alms to the needy.

Presenting an inspiring example of communal harmony, the non-Muslims also celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr. They exchanged greetings and gifts along with warm embraces and took part in feasts with their Muslim brethren.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr while Chief Ministers in several states joined the special prayers on the occasion.

'Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity & brotherhood across our Nation,' the Prime Minister said in his message.

Shops and markets across the country witnessed heavy rush in last days of Ramazan. Women and children were seen shopping enthusiastically for clothes, footwear and fancy items. All major textile shops in towns functioned overtime during these day and on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Meanwhile, the Indian administration has strengthened security in markets, in and an around the mosques and the Eidgahs across the country.

Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal--the tenth month of the Hijri calendar--every year.

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