Mangaluru: After a month of fasting and prayer, a large congregation of Muslims assembled at the Idgah Masjid on Light House Hill Road and offered Eid prayers here, on July 18.
Muslim brothers, attired in traditional white clothes, gathered in large numbers at various Mosques and Dargahs in the city.
At the Idgah Masjid on Light House Hill Road, prayers were held. Thousands of Muslim brethren gathered at the Masjid to offer prayers. After the prayers, they embraced each other exchanging greetings and well wishes.
They also distributed sweets and charity to the poor and the less fortunate on the occasion. Families were also busy preparing elaborate meals to celebrate the festival.
Health and Family Welfare Minister, U T Khader said, “On behalf of Chief Minister Siddaramaih and the Health Department, I wish the Muslim community throughout the district, state, country and the world, a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr.” Khader further said that the Muslim community had observed a month long fasting. “The month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. This is an opportunity to the Muslim fraternity to show brotherhood, harmony, peace and love. Fasting for a month will strengthen the Muslims to lead the rest of the 11 months of the year in peace, harmony and prosperity and to be a model to other communities, the State and the entire country”.
District minister in-charge Ramanath Rai said that Eid-ul-Fitr is a holy festival because after one month of fasting, the Muslim fraternity celebrates Eid worldwide with the message of peace and prosperity. “Let this festival bring happiness, love, prosperity and brotherhood. Let everyone work for the development of the society with peace, harmony and brotherhood.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim and Police Commissioner S Murugan wished the Muslim fraternity a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr.
Team Mangalorean wishes ‘Happy Eid-al-Fitr’ to all our Muslim friends, well-wishers and ardent readers. Eid Mubarak!