NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Oct 27 – Idd-Uz-Zuha, the festival marking the sacrifice of Ishmael by his father Prophet Abraham described both in the Old Testament and the Holy Quran was celebrated in North Lakhimpur along with rest of the country today.Popularly known as the Bakar Idd in India because of sacrifices (qurbani) of bakris (goats or lambs) symbolizing the Biblical and Quranic story, Muslims celebrated it with enthusiasm under a most ideal weather. The festivities began with the Idd-Uz-Zuha prayers held centrally at North Lakhimpur Town Iddgah Maidan at 8.30 in the morning. The Idd prayer was led by Maulana Shamsul Alam, Imam of Chawul Dhowa Road Masjid.
Special prayers were held for lasting peace and harmony among the people in the State at this troubled time. Idd-Uz-Zuha, which also culminates the annual Hajj in Mecca and Medina, prayers were also made for the well being of all Hajj pilgrims travelling from Assam this year. After the prayers people greeted each other and qurbanis were performed in different households. The meat of the sacrificed animals was distributed among the poor people of the society and also among the neighbours and relatives.
The Lakhimpur MLA, Utpal Dutta, chairman of North Lakhimpur Municipality Board, Kaminee Borah, chairman of North Lakhimpur Development Authority, advocate Bogendra Buragohain, ex-MLA and freedom fighter Sula Borah also greeted the people of North Lakhimpur on the occasion of Idd-Uz-Zuha.
Nagaon Correspondent adds: Idd-Uz-Zuha was also celebrated in Nagaon today. The special prayer was held at Nagaon Town Iddgah where Imam Ikramul Hussain led the prayer. At the beginning Quari Muzibur Rahman Quasimi explained the significance of Idd-Uz-Zuha and the history of sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail.
Before the prayer president of Nagaon Anjuman E idgah Minister Rockybul Hussain greeted the people on the holy occasion. He announced that eight meritorious but economically backward students of the town will be provided with a scholarship from the poor fund of Idgah committee with Rs 6000 per year. He appeal to the people to donate for the fund.
Idd prayer was also held in other Idgah of the town as well in the other places of the district.
Tinsukia Correspondent adds: Idd-Uz-Zuha, the festival of sacrifice (qurbani) was celebrated with most auspicious manner by the followers of Islam in Tinsukia today.
People with traditional attires rushed to the Masjids and Iddgahs for offering prayers (Namaj). Later, the meats of qurbani were distributed according to the traditions. People also greeted each others on the occasions.
Mirza Correspondent adds: Idd-Uz-Zuha was celebrated in various areas of Kamrup and Goalpara with religious fervor and gaiety.
Over 4000 Muslim people have congregated at Futuri village in South Kamrup to offer their prayer on the occasion of the Idd-Uz-Zuha and Moulavi Furkan Mohammed conducted the Namaj. Idd-Uz-Zuha was also celebrated in different areas of south Kamrup including Simina , Bijoynagar, Haliaon, Bardia Char, Bhananmari, Goroimari, Chhaygaon, Jorsmili, Boko, Dhuphara, Ajara, Hatipara, Satrapara, Sarpara villages etc.
Meanwhile, no untoward incidents were reported from any parts of south Kamrup.