Lucknow, Sep 18(ANI): Muslims gathered in huge numbers at several mosques of Lucknow on Friday to offer the 'Alvida Namaz' marking the last Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan.
"We prayed to the Lord to raise the financial status of Muslims and also eradicate all their problems. In India, Hindu and Muslims have been living together for several centuries and we want them to be like this in future," said Moulvi Faizul Rehman, an Islamic cleric at a mosque in Lucknow.
Highlighting the significance of the 'Alvida Namaz', Mohammad Sayeed, a Namazi said that it is the reason why thousands of Muslim from across the city gather to offer prayers.
"During Ramadan if we participate in the 'Alvida Namaz' and offer our prayers, then we get a reward for it and it will usher prosperity to us," Sayeed said.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri lunar calendar, commemorates the revelation of Quran, Islam's holy book, and has traditionally been a time of religious fervour, settling old disputes and behaving charitably towards neighbours.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Considered auspicious for prayers, Muslims observe the month-long fasting named 'Roza'.
They believe this secures them a place in heaven and also brings them face to face with Allah, the Almighty, on the day of 'Kayamat'.
The end of Ramadan heralds the festival of Eid-ul-fitr. (ANI)