SILCHAR, Sept 25: Eid–ul–Zuha was celebrated amidst joy and enthusiasm across the Barak Valley today. Thousands of devotees gathered on Eidgah maidans in urban and rural areas to offer their special prayers to Allah. It was also the occasion to greet one another and offer gifts. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Bakri-Eid. Eid–ul–Zuha is the second of two religious festivals celebrated by Muslims worldwide every year. It honours the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command, before God then intervened, through his angel Jibra’il and informs him that his sacrifice has already been accepted.
Muslims from all walks of life were seen in new clothes, visiting the mosques to attend Eid prayers and exchanging greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’ with fellow Muslims. The Eid prayers at Itakhola Idgah Maidan were held at 7.30 am and was conducted by Imam Maula Shabbir Ahmed Laskar of Silchar Bara Masjid. Moula Nurul Haque Talukdar, principal, Silchar Alia Madrasa, conducted the Eid prayers at Tikarbasti Idgha.
In his call to the Muslims, Imam Maula Shabbir Ahmed Laskar laid stress on amity, brotherhood and abjuring violence of all sorts. He made it clear that in this turbulent world torn apart by animosity among the tions, the best way to remember and make this day significant is to commit oneself to the ideals of Islam where there is no place for violence. He exhorted people to unite and rise against all cult of violence in the larger interest of humanity. He wished the people of the country in general all the best for peace and prosperity.
Charity is considered to be an important aspect of this festival and pious Muslims offered gifts to the needy and fincially weaker sections of the society. The Muslims took part in prayers and feasts today. Muslims, particularly young children and their mothers, were seen visiting their near and dear ones in new clothes today. Speaking to The Sentinel, Fakrul Islam Laskar said that Eid-ul-Zuha is the time of concentrated worship, reading of the Holy Quran and purifying one’s soul. On this day, prayers are offered for health and happiness. It is festival of peace and harmony among the communities.
It is also the day to forget all acrimony and ill will against one another. After prayers, Muslims visited one another’s home and partook of festive meals with special dishes, beverages, and desserts. Children received gifts and sweets. Maula Jakir Ahmed, Maula Abdul Wahid and Maula Afzal Hussain conducted Eid prayers at Kakpur, Meherpur and Mazumdar Bazar Idgah respectively.