Bhatkal: Muslim Community celebrates Eid-ul-Azha, festival of sacrifice

Bhatkal: Eid-ul-Azha, a festival of sacrifice was celebrated on 24 September, Thursday with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. The celebration will continue for complete three and half days.

The procession started from the Jamia Masjid at 6:45 am which reached the Eidgah passing through Khaleefa street, Jamia Street, Chowk bazar, Muhammed Ali road, Main road and old bus stand.

Maulana Irshad Naite Nadvi, Imam and Khateeb Khaleefa Jamia Masjid led the Eid prayers at the Bhatkal Eidgah Grounds at 7:30 am which was attended over by thousands of Muslims. The scarcity of space in the Eidgah ground, made the people to offer the prayers even on the road. After the prayers, the Maulana delivered the sermon in-front of the huge gathering, in Arabic, later translated into Urdu. In his sermon he spoke about the significance of the religious ritual and the obligation of Muslims towards it.

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In his Khutbah he offered Eid greetings to all and requested the people to maintain peace and harmony in the town. He said that, the Qurbani is a sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The main objective of this ritual is to remember the supreme sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and to sacrifice our wishes in-front of Allah’s command.

The main objective of this ritual is to remember the supreme sacrifice offered by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and to sacrifice our wishes in-front of Allah’s command. He said, Prophet Ibrahim A.S was able to sacrifice his son, Allah replaced Prophet Ismail A.S with a sheep, thus, sparing his life, that is why Muslims remember this momentous event by sacrificing a sheep, camel, cow, or goat, and sharing the meat from the sacrifice with others, especially the poor, he added.

At the end, Maulana prayed for world peace, unity among Muslim nations, progress of the people and the country’s prosperity.

The festival is celebrated on the 10th day of Zul Hijja, which is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.

The festival falls 70 days after the month of Ramzan and is celebrated after the Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah in Saudi Arabia.

Jamaatul Muslimeen Bhatkal Qazi Maulana Iqbal Mulla Nadvi, Markazi Khaleefa Jamatul Muslimeen Qazi Maulana Aiman Qari Nadvi, Jamia Masjid Imam and Khateeb Moulin Abdul Bar Nadvi, Maulana Abdul Aleem Qasimi, Maulana Abdul Azeem Qazia Nadvi, Maulana Jafar Faqui Bhaw amongst many others were present.

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