Prayers and sacrifice mark Eid-al-Adha
Eid-al-Adha was celebrated on Monday with religious fervour and brotherhood across the city as well as the State. The day began with Muslims, attired in their best, offering Eid prayers at Eidgahs or open grounds and mosques in both the states. Tens of thousands offered prayers in Hyderabad and nine other districts of Telangana
The first Bakrid post-bifurcation saw scores of Muslims offering prayers at Eidgahs across the city
Eid-al-Adha was celebrated on Monday with religious fervour and brotherhood across the city as well as the State.
The day began with Muslims, attired in their best, offering Eid prayers at Eidgahs or open grounds and mosques in both the states. Tens of thousands offered prayers in Hyderabad and nine other districts of Telangana. After the prayers, Muslims sacrificed goats or other cattle commemorating the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim.
Imams and khateebs (who deliver sermons) exhorted Muslims to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and follow Prophet Ibrahim, who offered to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail to please Allah. The Almighty replaced Ismail with a sheep just as Ibrahim was about to sacrifice him.
Also known as Bakrid or Eid-e-Qurban, it is the second major festival of Muslims. The meat of the sacrificed animal is distributed equally in three parts. The person making the sacrifice keeps one part for his family while the other two are distributed among relatives and the poor.
The streets of the Muslim-majority Old City wore a festive look while butchers, coming from other districts, did brisk business. Hectic activity was seen in many parts of the city as the sale of goats continued throughout the night. The goats and sheep were sold for Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000.
The sacrifice can be made during the three-day celebrations, with Monday being the first day. Islamic seminaries and socio-religious organisations were busy receiving animals' skins, the proceeds of which are used for their activities. Muslim families prepare special dishes of meat to celebrate the Eid.
The biggest congregation in Hyderabad was at the historic Mir Alam Eidgah where thousands of people offered prayers.
The Mecca Masjid, Madannapet Eidgah, Hockey Ground Masab Tank and Military Ground Mehdipatnam witnessed other big congregations. Prayers were also held in hundreds of mosques in the city. During their speeches before the prayers, imams prayed for peace and prosperity in the country.
Governor ESL Narasimhan and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao greeted Muslims on the occasion.