Ramzan ardour in C'magalur, Kodagu

Muslims offer mass prayers at Idga Maidans of Vijayapura and Madikeri

 
He was addressing thousands of Muslims gathered at Vijayapura Idga Maidan here after leading the Ramzan prayers. “One should keep his personal life clean. A part of the earnings should be kept for alms. One should strive for the welfare of all through donations in the name of the almighty,” he appealed. “Communist and socialist ideologies are just slogans. Only Islam can be implemented practically,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner R Narayanaswamy said Chikmagalur district is known for peace for years, and hence one should vow to preserve peace even during sacred days. Superintendent of Police M N Nagaraj said: “Many incidents of disturbing peace have taken place in the city in the recent days; but Hindus and Muslims continued the tradition of amity through maintaining peace thus discouraging the miscreants.” Special prayers were also offered at the Kempanahalli Idga Masjid. Dr Khalid Ahmed Khan and M S Mujahar were present.

In Kodagu

Id-ul-Fitr was celebrated with pomp and gaiety across Kodagu district on Monday. A large number of Muslims offered special prayers at the mosque in the city and at the Idga Maidan. They exchanged Ramzan greetings. The speciality of the occasion is that the members of Shafi and Hanafi communities celebrated the festival on the same day after several years. The groups used to celebrate the day on different occasions every year.

Muslims took out a procession in Madikeri in the beginning and offered mass prayers at Idga Maidan led by Mohammad Azizuddin Rizwi. Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathanarayana Gowda and Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri took part.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC said devotion and piety are complementary to the development of the country. They should be strengthened further. Indian is a union of different religions and peace, and to maintain this, all should live with harmony, he said.

Moulvi Mohammad Azizuddin Rizwi said true Muslims never support terrorism. The sacred Quoran too opposes terrorism. India is a sacred land and people of all religions should maintain peace, he appealed.

After exchanging greetings, Muslims paid tributes to the ancestors at their tombs. They also gave alms to beggars. Since Shafi and Hanafi members celebrated the fest on the same day, there was a shortage of meat in the district.

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