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Muslim bodies appeal for low-key Eid celebrations

December 05, 2008 19:47 IST

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Several Muslim bodies have given a call for observing Eid-ul-Azha, on December 9 this year, in a subdued manner following the recent terror strikes in Mumbai which claimed over 200 lives.

The call has been given by the ulemas of the All India Sunni Board, Ulema Council and Islamic Centre of India.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangimahali of the Islamic Centre of India told PTI that during the 'Khutba' before the Bakrid namaz, the scholars should educate the masses about terrorism in the light of Quran and Hadis.

Firangimahali, who is also a senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that after the namaz, a special prayer should be offered for an end to terrorism in the country and its safety.

Firangimahali said that an appeal is being issued against holding grand parties and celebrations as had been the case earlier.

The ritual of qurbani (sacrifice) should also be performed in a low-key manner, he said.

Maulana Mohammad Mushtaq of the All India Sunni Board and Maulana Naemul Rehman Nadvi of the Ulema Council said that a fatwa has already been issued against terrorism and the people should be told how Islam stands for peace.

"The translation of the word Islam means peace," they added.

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