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A sombre Eid in Mumbai

December 09, 2008 16:10 IST

In the backdrop of the November 26 terror attacks in the city, the Muslim community has decided to keep the celebrations of Eid-ul-Zuha low-key.

Many people wore black armbands on the occasion that spells festivity, joy and celebration, to send out a strong message that terror will not be tolerated.

Several organisations have also decided to keep it a low key affair.

"How can one celebrate when hundreds of Mumbaikars are still recovering in hospitals or mourning the deaths of their loved ones? For those terrorists and commoners who link terrorism with religion, I would like to say that they don't know what Islam is," Alifiya Khan, a journalist, said.

On similar lines, Advocate Farhana Shah said, "Eid is a holy occasion that symbolises sacrificing in the name of god, which will be observed in my house. There will be no more celebrations. No religion, especially not Islam, preaches violence."

Raihana Islam, a social activist said, "I don't like it that every time there is a terror attack, I somehow have to prove my innocence just because I am a Muslim."

On November 26, terrorists had struck at several places in Mumbai like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Hotel, Oberoi Hotel, and Nariman House.

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