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Traditional fervor, gaiety marks Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations across State




 Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety across the State today.

Thousands of Muslims thronged various mosques in the State to offer prayers.  One of the main celebrations was organized here in the Capital City. Ali Ahmed, an elderly person, said hundreds of Muslims assembled at Unit – IV mosque at 9:30am today to perform the religious Eid-ul-Fitr Jamaat.

 “At least 2, 000 Muslims offered Eid prayers at 9:30am at Unit – IV mosque here while several Muslim brothers visited the Unit-III mosque here to offer Eid prayers. We will meet our relatives today and enjoy various delicacies together,” he added.

Md Miraz of Bihar, who has been setting-up a makeshift food items shop in front of Unit-IV mosque during Ramadan for the last 10 years, said he has stocked up items like khajur, lachha, sewia, muraba, chuara, kaju, kismis, sharbat, etc.  “Every year, I set-up a makeshift shop in front of Unit – IV mosque here during Ramadan. Most of the food items we sell are from Saudi Arabia. Shopkeepers from Mumbai import these items from Saudi Arabia. Shopkeepers from Kolkata then purchase these items, and we buy it from them,” Miraz added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid and hailed the diversity of the nation. “Eid-ul-Fitr greetings! May this auspicious day further the spirit of peace and brotherhood in our society (sic),”Modi tweeted. Similarly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted the people of the State on the occasion of Eid.  “Eid mubarak to all citizens. I pray for strengthening of bonds & furthering peace and prosperity of our people on this auspicious occasion,” he tweeted.

One of the most important days for Muslims, Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and requires Muslims to pray five times a day and generally encouraging a more reflective behaviour. “Fasting during Ramadan is the founding principle of Islam, and it is obligatory for people who follow the religion to fast during these times. Fasting is an exercise in self-restraint. It is seen as a way to physically and spiritually detoxify by avoiding morning coffee, smoking and midday snacking. During this holy month, we often donate to charities and feed the hungry,” said Sk Abu Saqueeb, a Cuttack based Chartered Accountant.

“Fasting with faith, daily prayer, charity, and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is done during this period. Ramadan is also a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s prayers. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan, with a single sip of water considered enough to invalidate the fast,” said Sohail Khan, a Media Professional. “To prepare for the fast, we eat what is commonly called Sehri, a pre-dawn meal of power foods which help us to get through the day,’ he added.

Muslim scholars say apart from avoiding food and drinks during the day, spouses must abstain from sexual intercourse during the day, and Muslims should not engage in road rage, cursing, fighting or gossiping. However, children, the elderly, the sick, pregnant or menstruating women and people travelling can abstain from observing the fast, he said.






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