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Id-ul-Fitr to be celebrated today

Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the State on Saturday, marking the culmination of 30 days of Ramzan fasting.— Photo: K. K. Najeeb

Id-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the State on Saturday, marking the culmination of 30 days of Ramzan fasting.— Photo: K. K. Najeeb  

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Muslims across the State will celebrate Id-ul-Fitr on Saturday, marking the culmination of the month-long Ramzan fasting.

People completed their 30th Iftar at sunset on Friday. Refrains of Thakbeer rose from the minarets of mosques as meat markets and cloth shops witnessed the rush of Id shopping on Friday night.

Muslims will gather at mosques and Id-gahs for the festival prayers on Saturday morning.

The prayers will be held between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. at different places.

Id-gah organisers said that the conduct of prayers at gahs would depend on the absence of rain. People were seen reaching out to the poor with their Zakat-ul-Fitr, an obligatory charity marking the finale of Ramzan.

Bagfuls of rice were distributed among the poor since Friday afternoon.

When majority Sunni Muslims performed their obligatory charity individually, Mujahid and Jamaat groups distributed their Zakat-ul-Fitr collectively.

Unlike the normal Zakat (charity), Zakat-ul-Fitr is a form of quick relief to fulfil the needs of the poorest in society on the day of Id. It is obligatory on every Muslim who possesses some food in excess of their requirement for a day and night.

Zakat-ul-Fitr

According to Islamic scholars, Zakat-ul-Fitr has two purposes: it compensates a person’s shortcomings during the fasting, and it provides the indigent with a means to celebrate the festival without having to ask for charity.

Malappuram Kazi Sayed Muthukoya Thangal called upon the people to reach out to all sections of society with the message of love and brotherhood.

According to Madin Academy Chairman Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari, Id will be a day of victory of the virtuous over the evil.

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