The Bakrid festivities, that reminisces Hazrat Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son Ismail to fulfill the “words” of the Almighty, was celebrated with piety and religious fervour in the district as the people were told to uphold the message of humanity, peace and the need to foster brotherhood among one another.

As part of the Id-ul-Azhah festivities, the faithful, old and young, including women, attired in their choicest best, assembled in various mosques in the district to offer special prayers to propitiate the Almighty. The incessant rains lashing the district since this morning, however, spoilt the festive ambience as the devout Muslims had to shift the prayer venues from Idgahs to mosques.

Among the various mosques in the district that registered heavy rush of faithful right from morning in Kasaragod, include the Thalangara Malik Dinar Juma Masjid, Nellikkunnu Mohiyuddin Juma Masjid, Mubarak Masjid near the old bus station, Mohiyuddin Juma Masjid, Theruvath and Bankurakunnu Rifiya Masjid near new bus station.

Besides large number of faithful also thronged at K. N. M. Salafi Centre, Amai Road, Nayanmarmoola Juma Masjid, Deli Junction Juma Masjid and Mogral-Puthur town juma masjid.

Special prayers were also held in Tiger Hill Idgah compound here, which has sizeable presence of Muslim population.

Salafi Masjid and Hira Masjid, among others, in Kanhangad also recorded heavy turnout of Muslims right from morning to offer the namaz.

Leading the prayers at the ‘Hira Masjid’, where women also offered the namaz, Imam Shihabuddin Ibnu Hamza exhorted the community members to work whole-heartedly for peace, unity and integrity of the nation and also maintain a temper to sacrifice for the well-being of other fellow human beings.

The imam’s call assumes significance in the backdrop of the recent violent incidents witnessed in parts of Kanhangad, triggering communal tension and crippling normal life for days in the commercial heart land of the district.

The prayers followed sacrificing of animals and the devout were seen distributing the meat to nearby houses and inviting friends for a sumptuous feast fostering values of brotherhood among the multi-ethnic society.