Id-ul-Fitr, known as Festival of Charity, was celebrated with usual gaiety and religious fervour, inspiring compassion and brotherhood across the central districts on Monday. The Id marks the end of holy month of Ramzan, when Muslims fasted throughout the day for all the 30 days.
A large number of Muslims participated in the Id Qutba prayers in the city and other parts of the district. The biggest congregations were witnessed at the Idgah Maidans at Cantonment and the Fort Station Road where Muslims offered special prayers. Other major congregations were witnessed at the Chowk Mohamadiya Mosque, Town Hall, NM Mosque Palakkarai, NSB Road Hasan Bagh Mosque, Hazrath Nathervali Durgah Mosque, Tennur High Road Mosque, Tennur General Bazaar Mosque, and Arabic College Mosque.
Religious scholars who delivered special ‘bayan' before the commencement of the prayer, congratulated the Muslims for observing the fast continuously for a month obeying the orders of Allah.
Ramzan is a month of patience and sympathy. The reward of patience is paradise. They called upon the Muslims to maintain unity and not to fall prey to the tactics of fissiparous tendencies which were bent on dividing the people in the name of caste and religion.
At the end of the prayer, a special ‘dua’ was recited for promoting communal harmony and world peace. A large number of people of other faiths visited the Idgahs and mosques to greet the Muslims on the joyous occasion of Id.
Before leaving for prayer, Muslims distributed ‘Sadaqatul Fitr' special charity to the poor to enable them too to take part in the celebrations.
Special prayers were offered at Idgahs and mosques situated in the Muslim-dominated areas like Thuvarankurichi, Manapparai, and Inamkulathur.