- Altaf Hamid Rao,
- MIRPUR (AJK): Muslims across Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, simultaneously with the observance of the holy festival in Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday – June 5 – to mark the culmination of the sacred month of Ramadhan, says a report reaching here Tuesday from across the line of control.The Shawwal Moon will be sighted this (Tuesday) evening following which a formal announcement will be made by Ruet e Halal Committee of Pakistan for celebration of the Eid accordingly.
Notably, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on every first of Shawwal, an Islamic month.
In the strife-torn bleeding vale of occupied Kashmir, Muslim population is fully prepared, despite the restrictions by Indian occupying forces, to attend special congregational Eid prayers in Eidgahs, central mosques and Shrines across the held State where Islamic clerics / ulema would throw light on the significance of the festival of thanksgiving.
The biggest gathering of devotees is expected at historical Jamia Masjid and Hazratbal shrine in occupied Srinagar, the report underlined.
Mirwaiz of Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is scheduled to address people ahead of Eid prayers at Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, according to the report.
Mammoth gatherings are also expected in main Eidgahs, shrines and Masjids in Pulwama, Kupwara, Handwara, Pattan, Sumbal, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Budgam, Charar-i-Sharif, Shopian, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Beerwah, Tral, Pampore, Kulgam, Jammu, Doda, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Poonch and Rajouri.
After the prayers, people generally visit their relatives to exchange Eid greetings – besides visiting the graveyards to offer fateha for the de0parted souls of their respective relatives.