August 18 2019
As Ramzan ends,It's celebration time for City
08 August 2013

After sighting the moon in Bangalore, Tumkur, Bangarpet, Srinivaspur, Shimoga, among other places, the Karnataka Moon Sighting Committee on Thursday declared Friday as Eid-ul-Fitr, ending the month-long observance of Ramzan.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Committee chairman Maulana Khadeer Ahmed Ada-ul Amri said: “Friday will be celebrated as Eid as we have sighted the moon today.”

Popularly known as Eid, the festival will be observed by Bangalore’s Muslim community celebrating the conclusion of a month of fasting, on the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar.

While prayers will mark the beginning of Eid, the celebration of the festival will see people exchange gifts and greetings, believed to be symbols of solidarity.

In Bangalore, Eid not only marks the end of fasting, which every Muslim is ordained to observe for 29 or 30 days, but will also end the relaxation on the closing hours for restaurants and shops.

Thanks to Ramzan, Bangaloreans had access to food and non-alcoholic beverages for at least two hours longer every day. Eid, however, is not just about delicacies and the fad for exotic dishes, say the devout. The festival is about bringing the community closer, an attempt to reduce the divide between the rich and the poor.

Zakat-Al-Fitr highlights the spirit of Eid.

“Every family has to keep aside a percentage of their revenue for charity. This charity has to be in a form that is useful to the poor. Wheat, rice and other basic items are given in charity. This ensures that no family goes without marking Eid for lack of resources. In a larger sense, this strengthens the community bond and builds responsibility towards society,” said Imran, a student.

Tight security for Eid

The City police have beefed up security in the City on account of Eid festival on Friday. City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar also wished the Muslim community a happy festival and appealed to all the citizens to maintain communal harmony.

As a precautionary measure, the police have identified certain communally sensitive areas and picketing has been arranged at these areas all through the day on Friday.

Apart from the regular police, 26 companies of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 21 companies of City Armed Reserve (CAR) along with 600 Home Guards have also been deployed.



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