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EId celebrated with fervour and gaiety

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Srinagar, Oct 25: Eid-ul-fitr, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramzan, was today celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety throughout the Kashmir valley.

However, followers of shia leader Aga Syed Hassan which includes Hurriyat Conference (Umar) and Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari of People Democratic Party (PDP) celebrated the festival yesterday.

Eid was also celebrated in shia dominated Kargil yesterday.

However, nearby Drass and other areas of the district celebrated today.

Prayers, on the first day of muslim month of Shawal, marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramzan, were held at different places in the valley.

The main Eid congregations were held at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the holy relic of Prophet Mohammad, Jamia Masjid, Makhdoom Sahib, Dastigir Sahib, Syed Yaqub Sonawar, Charar-e-Sharief and Gousia Saraibala where lakh of Muslims joined the prayers.

A police spokesman said prayers passed off peacefully in all places.

Priests and other Ulcmas highlighted the importance of Eid which comes after a month-long fasting.

At several places, Muslim security personnel were seen offering Eid prayers along with other civilians.

People were seen greeting each other. A large number of people from other religion also greeted their muslims brethren.

Children wearing colourful dresses burst crackers to mark the festival.

People in the Drass, the world's coldest place after Siberia, also celebrate Eid today. At Leh, only shias celebrated Eid-ul-fitr yesterday while sunni muslims offered Eid prayers today. The authorities have made special arrangments for the detenues to offer prayers within the jail premises and other detention centres.

Family members of the detenues have been granted special persmission to meet them.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad conveyed their greetings to the people of the state.

The Governor in a message said Eid-ul-Fitr symbolises patience, self-discipline and compassion which are the hallmark of Islam.

He said the great religion of Islam preaches harmony, self-restraint, equality, brotherhood and peace, which assume greater significance in the present day world.

The Governor said all religions teach the path of righteousness, humanity and purity of thought. Eid reinforces such values and brings with it happiness and joy for everyone, he said and hoped that the festival would usher in a new phase of peace and stability in Jammu and Kashmir.

In his message, Mr Azad wished the people of the state and the entire country success, peace, prosperity and happiness.

He said one of the greatest lessons one learns from the holy month of Ramzan and Eid-ul-Fitr is to share difficulties and hardships of the needy and seek forgiveness of Allah by rendering whole-hearted support to the poor, control self instincts, curb unlimited desires.

Mr Azad hoped that Eid would usher in an era of peace and prosperity in the state as well as the country.

UNI

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