Muslims celebrate the festival of sacrifice by giving alms to the poor

Religious fervour marked Bakrid (Eid al-Adha) celebrations on Monday. Devout Muslims congregated at Idga and other mosques and offered prayers. MP Kotla Jayasuryaprakasa Reddy, Ministers T.G. Venkatesh, E. Pratap Reddy, MLCs M. Sudhakar Babu, S.V. Mohan Reddy and former Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy greeted Muslims on the occasion.

The police made elaborate arrangements at Adoni which witnessed riots during Ganesh festival a few months. Bakrid coincided by ‘Kartheeka Somavaram'. Thousands of devotees gathered at the temples and offered prayers after lighting traditional lamps.

Bakrid, the festival of sacrifice, was celebrated with religious fervour on Monday. At Bara-Saheed Dargah, scores of Muslims offered prayers and exchanged festival greetings. The devout offered alms to the poor as Bakrid festival is known for sacrifice and devotion.

Eight thousand Muslims went on Haj pilgrimage from the State, Minister for Minority Welfare Mohd. Ahmedullah said on Monday.

He offered prayers along with a large number of Muslims at an Idgah at Built-Up Junction here under the aegis of Sajjad-e-Nasheen of Ameen Peer Dargah Khwaja Syed Sha Arifullah Hussaini. Muslims celebrated Bakrid festival with a spirit of unity and religious tolerance in the country, Mr. Ahmedullah said. Telugu Desam Party's State Minority Cell president V.S. Ameer Babu, district vice-president S. Subhan Basha, Cultural Cell chairman Naser Ali and religious elders participated.

Kadapa Superintendent of Police A. Sunder Kumar Das visited the Idgah, hugged the Minister and extended him Bakrid greetings. ASP Jayalakshmi also greeted the Minister. Religious elders greeted Mr. Ahmedullah and Muslims.

Eid al-Adha prayers were also offered at Masjid-e-Abrar at Indiranagar Satellite City near Kadapa aerodrome.

Managing committee president of the masjid M.A. Kareem and general secretary S. Sikandar exchanged Bakrid greetings with Muslims.

‘Shun TV'

Thousands of Muslims offered special prayers at Nalgonda Idgah to mark Eid al-Adha festival. Moulana Syed Ehsanuddin conducted the prayers.

In his message, the Moulana expressed concern over the increasing influence of TV viewing on the people resulting in more attacks on women and people committing suicides. He advised that the less the viewers watched TV, the better it would be for their future.

Some of the faithful also offered worship at the graves of their departed relatives, to mart the Id.

District Collector N. Mukteswara Rao, Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati were among the officials present.