EID celebration BY: Rukhsar Raza
How people celebrate EID
People in different areas carries a very simple and typical way of spending Eid. Special arrangements had been made to offer Eid prayer across the country including Faisal Masjid, Islamabad; Badshahi Masjid, Lahore, Memon Masjid, Karachi and Binori Town. On the occasion, special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the country, unity of the ‘Ummah’, solution of their problems and liberation of Muslim territories, including occupied Kashmir. In the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the Eid congregations took place at more than 300 places.
Islamabad, the largest congregation was held at the grand Faisal Mosque, where the high-ups of the government also offered Eid prayers. In Rawalpindi, the biggest Eid congregation was held at the historic Liaquat Bagh. Following the Eid prayers, Muslims spent their time feasting with family and friends and feeding those who are less fortunate. Sweets and other special dishes were prepared for serving the guests. People also exchanged gifts on the occasion. The government has declared Eid holidays from July 17 to 22 and paid advanced salaries to employees for enabling them to meet their Eid expenses.
On this occasion, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Private Limited has also offered a special package on Eid days to encourage people to exchange Eid greetings with their near and dear ones. The Radio and Television channels have chalked out a series of special programmes on the occasion of Eid while newspapers will publish special supplements, highlighting the significance of the day.
Immediately after the announcement by the Ruet- e- hilal committee that the Shawwal moon has been sighted on Friday night, a wave of happiness surged through the masses. People swarmed the markets and Eid bazaars for shopping and women crowded the beauty parlors and shops, selling bangles and mehndi. Till late night people were busy in shopping in the markets. Meanwhile, foolproof security measures have been adopted on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman made the announcement wherein he said the zonal committees and other witnesses have reported sighting of the moon for Shawwal-ul-Mukaram 1433 Hijri.
To celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, which marked the end of the holy month of Ramzan, millions of the faithful thronged mosques and open places to offer Eid prayers with respect and honour and seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah. Ulema and Khatibs delivered sermons highlighting the great importance of the day and shall urge the Muslims to follow the path of Allah and the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and fully act upon the teachings of Islam. Special prayers were offered for peace, prosperity and solidarity of the country and unity of the Ummah. Special prayers were also offered for the liberation of a part of the Himalayan State of Jammu; Kashmir.
Writer: Rukhsar RazaShare