Marking the end of Ramzan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, the world celebrated the Id-ul-Fitr, with prayers, feasts, and family get-togethers punctuating the day’s events.
The Chandrasekharan Nair stadium, the venue of the prayer service led by the Palayam Juma Masjid, was packed by 7.30 a.m., with crowds surpassing an estimated 3,000. Imam Moulavi Jamaludeen Mangada led the prayers and he noted in his address that a month of prayer and fasting was devoted to the believers’ families, society, and the country.
Caretaker of the Beemapally Jamaath committee MKM Ismail said they managed to accommodate close to 2,000 believers in and around the mosque. “We built more platforms for the occasion, and like the previous years, this festival has meant a wonderful get-together,” he added.
The prayers were held at 8.30 a.m. here while services were conducted at the Manacaud and Vallakadavu mosques as well.
Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan, who inaugurated the valedictory functionof the month-long programme organised by the Kerala Muslim Jamaath Council, spoke of the message of Id. The function that was held at Hotel Dubai International, looked back at the initiatives taken in the weeks ahead of the auspicious day, said council president Karamana Bayar.
“We took care to address the more deprived sections in the district and organised the distribution of Ramzan kits comprising essential provisions such as rice and sugar. New clothes, monetary aid for people to engage in festivities, and financial assistance for medical treatment were also distributed,” he said. This was done on a taluk-basis and over 5,000 people benefited in the district, he added.