Eid-Ul-Azha celebrated with religious fervor in Kashmir

Srinagar- Eid-ul-Azha, the celebration of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (as) for his Lord, was celebrated across Kashmir on Sunday with people gathering in large numbers at mosques to offer prayers, officials here said.

The largest such assembly took place at the Hazratbal shrine, where more than 45,000 people gathered to pray, they said.

Smaller gatherings were reported at all Muslim places of worship in the valley except the historic Jamia Masjid in the Old City.

The authorities refused permission to the Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid to hold prayers at 9 a.m.

Thousands of sheep, goats and other animals were sacrificed in the valley according to tradition, they said.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha greeted the Muslim community on this occasion.

“Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Zuha. The festival is an opportunity to reaffirm our faith in the oneness of mankind and to be charitable towards the poor and disadvantaged. May this festival strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and bring peace, happiness and joy to all. Eid Mubarak,” he tweeted.

A police official said the Eid prayers were conducted peacefully and no untoward incidents were reported.

Leaders of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir also extended their Eid greetings to the people.

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