Thousands of Muslims offered special prayers here on Monday on the occasion of Bakrid and distributed meat, rice, clothes and money to the needy.
In the special prayers held at Idgah Grounds in Melapalayam, chairman of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath's high level committee M. Shamsul Luha Rahmani said Islam that preaches brotherhood, love and affection among humanity, never supported terrorism and religious extremism.
Following the special prayers, several bulls and sheep were sacrificed and the meat was distributed to the needy.
On behalf of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the party's political committee member K.M.A. Nizam distributed the meat of sacrificed sheep, rice, ghee, money and clothes to the poor.
The Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam organised the Bakrid special prayers at Melapalayam Bazaar Grounds and former minister T.P.M. Mohideen Khan participated in the special prayers held at Jinnah Grounds, Melapalayam.
Bakrid special prayers were also conducted at Pettai, Kadayanallur, Thaazhaiyooththu, Tenkasi, Pattamadai, Sankarankoil, Ervadi, Ambasamudram, Puliyangudi and other areas.
Muslims in large numbers offered special prayers at several mosques across the district on the occasion of Bakrid, the festival of sacrifice on Monday. On the eve of Bakrid, the mosques were all colourfully lit. Muslims, clad in new attire, offered prayers at Jamia Mosque on WGC road and other mosques in the town. They embraced each other and exchanged greeting after the Namaz. Zakat, alms to the needy, was given.
Goats, cows and camels were sacrificed and the meat was distributed to the people. Meat was offered firstly to the poor, next to relatives and finally was taken for themselves. At Kayalpatnam, a camel brought from Rajasthan was offered as sacrifice at beach mosque after prayers. Normally, meat of a cow and a camel should be offered by seven worshippers and the meat of goat had to be offered individually after sacrifice, M.S Mohammed Salih, a resident of Appa Palli Street, Kayalpatnam, said.
Bakrid was celebrated in the district and Muslim women in large numbers offered special prayers at Kottar Elankadai Asraf Dargha in Nagercoil on Sunday.
Moreover Muslims in Edalakudi, Kanyakumari, Thuckalay, Thiruvithancode, Eraviputhurkadai, Kaliyakkavilai and other parts of the district also offered special prayers on Monday. They exchanged greetings.